PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- KLEAN Treatment Center
understands that some forms of abuse can lead to mental disorders, and that some addictions are treatable along with disorders, like PTSD outlined in a recent article
featured in Fox News. The article asserts that, "Despite fears that expose therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD] would worsen alcoholism, a new study found that doctors can safely treat both conditions at the same time."
According to the report, researchers discovered that people with PTSD and alcoholism benefited the most from the simultaneous treatments to reduce alcohol cravings and lessen distress, compared to people on other treatment regimens. Edna Foa, the study's lead author, expounds on the fundamental results. "What we found is that those people that got [medication] plus prolonged exposure therapy for alcohol dependence together with the treatment for PTSD did the best for maintaining their low level of drinking," she said.
The experts at KLEAN Treatment Center weigh in on the serious condition of PTSD. "People can develop posttraumatic stress disorder after traumatic events that leave them in a heightened state of distress, even when they are no longer in danger. Many of these individuals also develop some level of alcohol dependence." The article elaborates, "About 11 million adults in the U.S. have PTSD and about one-third of them are also dependent on alcohol, according to the editorial accompanying the new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association."
While there is disagreement regarding how to care for individuals with both conditions safely, Foa points out her desire to see patients undergo simultaneous treatment. "I'm hoping this is going to encourage the people who are treating the PTSD and alcohol dependence to do simultaneous treatment, instead of treating one after the other, which isn't so effective," she said. Yuval Neria concurs as a professor at Columbia University and director of the Trauma and PTSD program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
"This may encourage physicians - specifically those in the [Veterans Affairs] setting - to prescribe patients to both drug and evidence-based therapy," said Neria, who was not involved in the new study. The professionals at KLEAN Treatment Center add that there is a large population with PTSD who may also have comorbid alcohol abuse, namely, war veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study suggests that there is hope for those combatting both conditions, giving treatment facilities across the country the opportunity to safely treat both PTSD and alcoholism. The team at KLEAN Treatment Center does mention, however, that there is a vicious cycle between alcohol dependence and PTSD, and that facilities must carefully treat both conditions, especially in alcohol cravings that can make PTSD more severe.
KLEAN Treatment Center
provides customized treatment programs for those struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. The facilities are located in West Hollywood, California, Long Beach, Washington and Astoria, Oregon. The treatment center is a member of the National Association for Treatment Professionals, and it is staffed by knowledgeable individuals who hold master's degrees and PhDs in various psychological disciplines. The experts administer cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy as well as psychotherapy.