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