The theory of mindfulness is commonly known as a state of being aware and attentive in the present moment. Mindfulness seeks to increase skillful behavior and acceptance strategies.

Mindfulness and healing sometimes seem to be cases of easier said than done, however, tactics often feel the most secure to many, even those without PTSD. To avoid the recurring experiences of PTSD, some turn to abusing drugs and alcohol, as substance abuse can both numb the symptoms and distract the suffering individuals.

Substance abuse and other avoidance postpones the effects of PTSD, but they are not solutions. Therapeutic treatments, counseling, and proper medication are better tools to assist those who suffer with PTSD. Such tools can help them actively confront the condition, not passively avoid it.