Substance Abuse and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Term Paper by Nicky

Substance Abuse and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
A review of the research on the incidence and impact of substance abuse on individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
# 148344 | 1,288 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 11, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs)

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The paper identifies the incidence of substance abuse in individuals with PTSD. The paper explains that substance abuse tends to provide PTSD sufferers with some temporary relief from their traumatic memories of an event, however, the rebound effect is profound and severe. The paper then addresses the important issues a rehabilitation counselor needs to be aware of that are specific to this disability type and substance abuse. Finally, the paper offers some information on several web sites that address this issue.

Incidence of Substance Abuse in Individuals With this Disability
Reasons for this Rate of Abuse
Important Issues a Rehabilitation Counselor Needs to be Aware of
Web Sites that Address this Issue
Journal Articles

From the Paper:

"A study of Vietnam combat veterans with PTSD found that more than 50 percent eventually evinced indications of alcohol addiction; likewise, women who experienced or witnessed rape during their childhoods frequently report using alcohol to mitigate the symptoms of the resulting PTSD (Volpicelli et al.). Other researchers have determined that fully 40 percent of inpatients who were undergoing treatment for substance abuse also met the established criteria for PTSD (Volpicelli et al.). Given the large numbers of troops serving in enormously stressful combat zones in Afghanistan and Iraq today, it is reasonable to suggest that the incidence of PTSD among these returning combat veterans will equal or exceed those experienced by their also heroic Vietnam counterparts in ways that will contribute to their engaging in substance-abusing behaviors in the future as well (Mckelvey, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Green, C. A. (2006). Gender and use of substance abuse treatment services. Alcohol Research & Health, 29(1), 55-57.
  • Janikowski, T. P., Donnelly, J. P. & Lawrence, J. C. (2007). The functional limitations of clients with coexisting disabilities. The Journal of Rehabilitation, 73(4), 15-16.
  • Mckelvey, T. (2008, July-August). Combat fatigue: As returning veterans suffer post-traumatic stress disorder in record numbers, a controversial new drug is being tested that would dampen their memories. The American Prospect, 19(7), 5-6.
  • Volpicelli, J., Balaraman, G., Hahn, J., Wallace, H. & Bux, D. (1999). The role of uncontrollable trauma in the development of PTSD and alcohol addiction. Alcohol Research & Health, 23(4), 256.

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