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Hi jno and thanks for writing justanswer.com
Yes there are many treatments for PTSD and yes it is very common for people with PTSD to self medicate.
While I am a psychoanalytically oriented therapist I find brief treatment best and I would refer your partner to a clinician trained in CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). As for the self medicating, if that gets out of hand look for a program called ARISE in your area. Its a non blaming program for addicts/alcoholics that serves both families and those they love.
I hope you can find a caring and compassionate therapist who will get him through this.
Very best wishes on such a tough question.