PTSD support group

PTSD Support Groups

If you have gone through a traumatic event, you might feel lonely, angry, and detached from society. Peer support groups are a place where you can discuss your feelings with others who are also struggling to process the aftereffects of trauma. In addition to working with a therapist, you might want to make group participation part of your treatment plan if you are looking to connect with people who understand your daily reality.

What to Expect in a Peer Support Group

You can find PTSD support groups in person and online. Either way, they provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental setting where you can talk about your trauma and listen to your peers share their stories. In listening to other people discuss their experiences, you’ll learn you’re not alone, and this realization can make you a more empathetic person.

Peer support groups can help you cope with painful memories, intrusive flashbacks, or other symptoms that have disrupted your life. Though opening up to other people is a crucial part of making progress in your PTSD recovery, nobody will pressure you to talk about topics you’re uncomfortable with. You might only want to sit and listen for your first several meetings, and that’s OK. The group should eventually come to feel like a safe space, but the other members shouldn’t expect you to discuss your innermost secrets.

There’s also no rule requiring you to stay in the same group the whole time you’re working through your trauma. If you find the meetings you’ve been attending no longer challenge or inspire you, shake things up and try a different group. 

The Benefits of PTSD Support Groups

Joining a peer support group can make you feel better in several ways, such as:

  • Helping you feel less isolated
  • Getting advice on how to cope with daily challenges
  • Meeting new people who have gone through similar experiences
  • Learning how to be more open and trusting with your emotions
  • Gaining a healthier sense of perspective

Though PTSD support groups can be beneficial, they are not a substitute for evidence-based therapy. If you have long-term problems processing trauma, you should seek professional help. A therapist who has trained in trauma-informed methods can teach you healthy coping strategies, give you advice for dealing with difficult emotions, and listen non-judgmentally.

Healing From PTSD and Addiction

Putting your life back together after a traumatic event can be painful and challenging, especially if you try to “tough things out” on your own. Many men with PTSD use alcohol and drugs to relax, suppress unpleasant memories, or fall asleep. Unfortunately, the consequences of substance abuse will eventually make your problems worse. Addiction is a disease that can affect every aspect of your life, including your health, relationships, and finances.   

The Last Resort is a safe environment where men can heal from a dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance use disorder. We offer various evidence-based treatments to help you move on from a troubling past and equip you with the tools you need to manage addiction and prevent a relapse. To learn more about our men’s-only recovery community, request help from our admissions team today.