Victims of sexual assault may turn to alcohol or other substances in an attempt to relieve their emotional suffering and cope with the reality of what happened to them. Substance abuse is a way that many deal with the trauma of sexual assault and can cause additional problems such as addiction and dependency. Survivors may use drugs and/or alcohol as a way to cope since they may not think that friends and family will understand them, they may not know how to access resources, or may feel embarrassed to talk about their experiences. Those struggling with substance abuse and trauma do not have to suffer alone. There is help and support for those on the road to recovery.
Click here to learn more about the treatment options available for substance abuse disorders or contact the toll-free Substance Abuse Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
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