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Severe PTSD

answered 03:37 PM EST, Mon May 06, 2019
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Eric Embrey Eric Embrey Seattle
Hi, as a result of sever PTSD, I've tried every treatment imaginable, including TMS, Ketamine/Mushroom/MDMA and ECT therapy. Nothing has worked for over 25 years. Except alcohol. When I drink a bottle of wine I feel normal, happy, healed and at peace with the world. I am wondering, considering the severity and intractability of my mental illnesses, does being a drunk justify my decisions regarding substance abuse?

Jim LaPierre Says...

Hi Eric,

Thank you for your question as it's one that a lot of folks struggle with.

My experience is that a lot of us seek solace and serenity in alcohol

especially when we live with PTSD.

It's only a matter of time before what helps starts to hurt

and it's a downward spiral from there.

Most of the folks I provide treatment to are in recovery from both trauma and addiction.

I hear you loud and clear that you've tried everything. I'm wondering if you have tried EMDR?

It's the most effective treatment I've seen for trauma recovery and the success rates are higher than any other form of treatment.

I'm struck by the last thing you wrote, "does being a drunk justify my decisions regarding substance abuse?"

My firend, if something is healthy, it doesn't need to be justified.

I hope you'll reach out and be open to new treatment options and to exploring what helps you to feel safe.

Alcohol is a problem waiting to happen for people like you and me.

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