A Controlled Trial of Topiramate Treatment for Alcohol Dependence in Veterans with PTSD
Technical Report,30 Sep 2015,29 Sep 2016
Northern California Institute for Research and Education San Francisco United States
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Alcohol use disorders AUDs and PTSD commonly co-occur, complicate assessment and treatment, and worsen clinical outcomes in veterans with both conditions. AUDs are potential consequences of PTSD, as many veterans may use alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate or ameliorate PTSD symptoms such as hyperarousal or emotional numbing. AUDs may also be a risk factor for the development of PTSD and may exacerbate PTSD symptom severity and impairment. Treatment for co-occurring PTSD and alcohol dependence among veterans is challenging.