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Treatment utilization by women with PTSD and substance dependence.

TitleTreatment utilization by women with PTSD and substance dependence.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsNajavits, Lisa M., Tami P. Sullivan, Martha Schmitz, Roger D. Weiss, and Catherine S. N. Lee
JournalThe American journal on addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions
Date Published2004 May-Jun
KeywordsAdult, Cross-Sectional Studies, Diagnosis, Dual (Psychiatry), Female, Humans, Male, Mental Health Services, Middle Aged, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Substance-Related Disorders
AbstractThis study reports the treatment utilization of 77 women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance dependence in three areas: lifetime utilization, past thirty days utilization, and perceived helpfulness/harmfulness of current treatments. Results indicated high lifetime treatment utilization overall, yet, for one subgroup, no treatment exposure at all. Most current treatments were focused on SA, in striking contrast to participants' preference: over 80% would choose either combined SA/PTSD treatment or PTSD-alone treatment. The most common treatments were individual therapy, medication, and hospitalization. Some treatments were perceived as harmful by some participants. The discussion addresses how to help patients obtain needed treatments.
Alternate JournalAm J Addict

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