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