Helping friends cope with PTSD
A buddy of mine is back from deployment in A-stan, and is showing all the signs of PTSD. His ETS date is coming up in a couple months, and in the mean time his mom and dad are at their wits end. He gets completely drunk, blows his whole paycheck at the bar in a night, punches out his car windshield, and is just angry all the time. His mom thinks he's completely crazy since he came back. They called the 800 number and have talked with him a LOT, but are now unsure of where to turn.
Does anyone have any advice on how to approach this situation? I would just like to see him get his life back under control.
There's no singular solution for PTSD, but certainly the removal of alcohol from the equation is the first step.
I wish I could give you advice that would completely solve the problem. It's going to be the people who know him best to determine how to help him. Getting the people he served with involved is going to be the key to reaching him effectively. It's going to take someone that went through the deployment with him that was at his side throughout the ordeal to connect with him and point him in the right direction.
Thanks brother. I'll talk to his mom. She knows some of the mothers of the other Marines he deployed with. That's a really good bit of advice.
Try to find stuff for him that will keep him busy and occupied.
Leave little time for the mind to wonder, and remove the alcohol.
Best of luck.
The Warrior Strengthening Program might be an option worth looking into???
to some info.
Commanders have the authority to recommend anyone be screened by the professionals. His commander can recommend he see a PTSD counselor and a Drug and Alcohol counselor at anytime.
If his fellow service members can convince him to see a counselor it will be easer for him if he acknowledges he has a problem by admitting himself, however if this is not an option the next option is to use the chain of command. The sooner he gets help the better.
No one should be left alone on a path to self destruction.