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Managing PTSD and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders



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Continuing Education

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

Managing PTSD and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders

  • Date Created: 05/23/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Managing PTSD and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders Author(s):

Daniel Kivlahan, PhD

Debra Kaysen, PhD


This course refers to information published in the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD. Although a new course based upon the 2017 revision of the Guideline will be created in the future, this course remains on our website because it continues to provide relevant and useful facts about PTSD treatment.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the VA/DoD 2010 clinical practice guideline recommendations for managing substance use disorders and PTSD through psychotherapy and pharmacology.

The presenters describe the co-occurrence of these conditions and identify evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies.

Goals and Objectives

  • Review evidence on co-occurrence of substance use disorders (SUD) and PTSD
  • Identify key recommendations for integrated psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy treatment of SUD and PTSD from the VA/DoD 2010 PTSD Guideline
  • Identify measures and methods for treatment monitoring related to PTSD and SUD
  • Illustrate ways of addressing substance abuse in PTSD treatment
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