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Posttraumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorder Comorbidity


Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Posttraumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorder Comorbidity

  • Date Created: 06/30/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Posttraumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorder Comorbidity Author(s):

Sonya Norman, PhD

Karen Drexler, MD


Research shows that PTSD and substance use disorders (SUDs) are very common co-occurring conditions, with each diagnosis increasing the risk for having the other. This comorbidity is associated with a number of complications, including worse treatment outcomes.

This course reviews the treatment research for concurrent PTSD and SUD, including future directions, and reviews the revised (2017) VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for both PTSD and SUD. The authors describe how to use shared decision-making and other patient-centered strategies to promote engagement and retention in treatment. A number of resources and tools that can be used with patients are reviewed.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the prevalence and correlates in concurrent PTSD and substance use disorders (SUD).
  • Examine current and future areas of treatment research.
  • Discuss clinical practice guideline recommendations for PTSD and SUD.

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Also see: VA Mental Health