The varying degrees of trauma experienced by refugees and torture survivors can have physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral effects. In order to cope, forget, or ignore the impact of violent conflict, flight, resettlement, and adjustment some refugees and torture survivors may turn to substance use.
There are thousands of torture survivors who recover from their trauma and lead very productive and vital lives.
If you are a survivor of torture and would like to seek medical, mental health, legal or social service assistance, please contact one of the Healing Centers nearest you.
If you are in urgent need of mental health assistance, please go to Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Find Treatment web page. This site offers information and a 24-hour Toll-free treatment referral helpline: 1-800-662-4357.