Small Study: War Veterans With Both PTSD, Substance Abuse Problems May Be Treated Without Waiting For Long Sobriety Period

MedPage Today (5/18, Smith) reports, “War veterans with both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse problems can be treated for the trauma without waiting for a long period of sobriety,” according to research presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting. In a 22-patient study, “a majority of vets with both conditions were able to complete a 12-week course of cognitive processing therapy (CPT) with significant improvements on two PTSD measures,” even though none of them “had been sober for more than 90 days – far less time than is usually thought to be needed for effective treatment of PTSD.”

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— “PTSD Treatment Can Start Early Despite Addiction,” Michael Smith, MedPage Today, May 17, 2015.

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