The key to healing is to be proactive in your healing journey.  Given there is no cookie cutter approach as those with PTS have varying symptoms and possibly addictions or comorbid conditions, finding what works for you is important.  Having a professional therapist involved in your treatment is recommended.  Finding what works for you as alternative supports can be beneficial.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for PTSD
Jennifer L. Strauss, PhD, Ariel J. Lang, PhD, and Paula P. Schnurr, PhD
Complementary Alternatives for PTSD by |U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

“Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies

Broadly conceptualized, “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) refers to treatments not considered to be standard in the current practice of Western medicine:

  • Complementary refers to the use of these techniques in combination with conventional approaches.
  • Alternative refers to their use in lieu of conventional practices.

Many treatments and techniques that are considered CAM within the U.S. are part of conventional medicinal practices in other parts of the world. As Western practitioners and consumers increasingly adopt these approaches, the boundaries between conventional medicine and CAM continue to shift. Please visit The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) for a complete overview of CAM interventions.”

Do your research- visit the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health Website
March/April 2014 Issue Article
Treatments for Veterans With PTSD — Outside the Traditional Toolbox
By Kate Jackson
Social Work Today
Vol. 14 No. 2 P. 18
“Evidence-based practice is the gold standard for treating PTSD, but there’s growing recognition that complementary and alternative therapies may be useful adjuncts to meet the needs of some veterans who’ve experienced trauma.”
National Center for PTSD Research Newsletter Complementary and Alternative Treatments for PTSD – advancing science and promoting understanding of traumatic stress

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