A major problem with PTSD sufferers is addiction. Without recovery from addiction, my belief is that no recovery from PTSD is really possible, since the addiction continually exposes us to retraumitization which just compounds things. That is why, despite my misgivings with 12-step approaches, I remain grateful that they provided a way for me to get clean and sober many years ago. I have expressed my reservations with 12-step approaches in these blog posts:
- ptsd, AA, and different types of addicts
- More on Type A & B addicts, 12 steps, and trauma
- ptsd, aa and christianity
- my name, and more on 12 steps, aa people, and trauma.