MATERNAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT  
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Substance Abuse and Treatment

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.

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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.

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Adoption

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The Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Study is under the direction of Claire D. Coles Ph.D., with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Emory University School of Medicine. For more information, please contact: Claire D. Coles: ccoles@emory.edu ; Karen K. Howell: khowell@emory.edu

 
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