Trauma + Substance Use

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This booklet has been written for people who use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs who have gone through a traumatic experience. It aims to:
— Help explain why people feel the way they do after having gone through a trauma.
— Give suggestions about things people can do to help recover from the trauma.
It includes the following sections:
  • What is a traumatic event?
  • How common are traumatic experiences?
  • Common reactions to traumatic experiences
  • Trauma and substance use
  • When should I seek help?
  • How are trauma symptoms treated?
  • Tips for staying well
  • Techniques for Staying Well
  • Where to get help
This booklet is part of a series on mental health and substance use funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Substance use in this booklet refers to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Other booklets in this series include: