Co-morbid post-traumatic stress disorder in a substance misusing clinical population

Martina Reynolds, Gillian Mezey, Murray Chapman, Mike Wheeler, Alexander Mario Baldacchino

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USA studies have reported high rates of co-morbid post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance (drugs and alcohol) dependence/misuse. Avoidance of trauma reminders and associated distress may be achieved by the use of drugs and alcohol, alternatively a substance abusing lifestyle might predispose such individuals to experience traumatic events. This may have implications for treatment and management of patients with co-morbid substance misuse and PTSD. There have been no British studies looking at the extent of traumatic life events and post-traumatic stress disorder amongst substance misusers, although high rates of reported sexual and physical abuse have been reported in two recent UK studies with drug- and alcohol-dependent patients in clinical settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-258
Number of pages8
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2005


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