Therapeutic Intervention of Cocaine Abusers
A recent study conducted by Dr. Sharon Hall and
her colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco,
investigated the efficacy of both cognitive- behavioral therapy
and 12 step programs. Results indicated that particular personal
characteristics have an effect on which type of therapy is more
effective in abstaining from crack/cocaine abuse.
Joint Treatment of PTSD and Cocaine Abuse
A recent study suggests that exposure therapy, a common form
of treatment for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
in addition to substance abuse counseling, may significantly decrease
the severity in symptoms of both disorders. Symptoms of PTSD are
characterized by three main categories: "intrusions,"
which includes re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks or
nightmares; "hyperarousal," which contributes to symptoms
of anxiety, irritability, poor concentration and hypervigilance;
and "avoidance," an inappropriate evasion of people,
places or situations which may trigger memories of the event.