Certain individuals might respond to the emotional pain of acute stress disorder by turning to drink or drugs for relief. Individual personality makeup and social circumstances increase the likelihood of this kind of response. Someone with a history of drug or alcohol abuse is also more likely to slip back into old habits. We all know that while this behavior may bring short-term stress relief the pain soon returns in an even more severe form. Family and friends need to keep a close eye on substance abusers. For advice on how best to help this person, consult with the doctors and social workers who understand acute stress disorder.
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