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PTSD suffers can also pursue self-help strategies such as volunteering and serving to assist others. In addition, it is strongly recommended that PTSD sufferers try to avoid any type of alcohol or substance abuse as a coping mechanism. Reaching out to supportive family and friends and staying connected with them is very helpful, as PTSD communities well. Reaching out to supportive relatives and buddies and staying connected with them is very helpful, as well. Abuse of alcohol or drugs can worsen symptoms.