What do I do???
Alright lovelies…. I need some advice.
A friend of mine is a marine. He’s been home for awhile now (not quite a year yet), and he’s got some pretty bad PTSD. He’s very quickly on his way to becoming an alcoholic if he isn’t already. He has horrible nightmares, and keeps talking about how he wants to go back because things there made sense and things here don’t. He also is fond of saying he should have died in Afghanistan.
Tonight he sent me a text… one of his really good friends in his platoon just killed himself.
I don’t know what to tell him. I have absolutely no idea what I can say to make this better (I doubt there really is something). More than that, I’m worried about what he might do to himself, and what I can do to stop it.
I have never felt so helpless.
Somewhere along the way, I became his shoulder to lean on and talk to about his issues. I don’t think he really tells anyone else what he tells me, not even his girlfriend. I have encouraged him to get help, and while he acknowledges that he needs it, he hasn’t gone to get any. He just drinks his problems away.
I just… I don’t know what to do.
I couldn’t bear losing him.