Mechanisms of Change, Motivation and Treatment Outcome in AD-PTSD

Coffey | Stasiewicz

There is a high level of comorbidity between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependence. However, there are few controlled trials testing whether concurrent treatment of the two conditions improves alcohol treatment outcomes. In this randomized, controlled clinical trial, an established PTSD treatment was administered in a sample of alcohol dependent treatment seekers with PTSD to assess if reductions in PTSD symptom severity leads to improved alcohol treatment outcomes at 3- and 6-month follow-up. Moreover, a brief trauma-focused motivational enhancement session was utilized to test if retention during alcohol dependence-PTSD treatment can be improved. Funded by NIAAA, with a subaward to RIA from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2007-2012.