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NCJ Number: 155999 Find in a Library
Title: Traumatic Experiences and Substance Abuse: Mapping the Territory
Journal: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs  Volume:26  Issue:4  Dated:(October-December 1994)  Pages:327-344
Author(s): J E Zweben; H W Clark; D E Smith
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 18
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the relationships between various types of traumatic experiences and addictive behavior, with the intent of formulating effective treatment strategies.
Abstract: Intervention to address posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related fields are reviewed so as to understand how best to integrate them into substance abuse treatment. The recovery- oriented therapy model is used as a framework to define treatment tasks at each stage of the recovery process: how one addresses painful issues depends on the objective, given the recovery stage at hand. These tasks include making a commitment to abstinence, stopping alcohol and other drug use, consolidating abstinence and changing lifestyles, and addressing short-term and long-term psychosocial issues. The article focuses on the clinical features of PTSD in an effort to enhance the practitioner's ability to address this disorder within the context of substance abuse treatment. Recommendations are offered for training practitioners at varying skill levels in the addiction treatment field. Figure 1 and 64 references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse causes
Index Term(s): Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD); Psychological victimization effects
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