Few studies have examined comorbid SUD among women with PTSD, however. Data for this analysis were derived from the “Women and Trauma” study conducted in the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN-0015).
Women with full or subthreshold PTSD and co-occurring cannabis use disorder (CUD) and cocaine use disorder (COD; N=99) were compared to their counterparts with co-occurring CUD only (N=26) and co-occurring COD only (N=161) on rates of trauma exposure, psychiatric disorders, psychosocial problems, and other substance use.
In models adjusted for age and race/ethnicity, results found:
Conclusions: The higher rates of adult sexual assault and alcohol use disorder among those with concurrent CUD+COD suggest the need for trauma-informed approaches that can response to the needs of this dually-diagnosed population. Moreover, the causal link between repeated traumatic stress exposure and polysubstance use requires further examination.
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Articles were written based on the following published research:
Ruglass LM, et al. Demographic and Clinical Characteristics of Treatment Seeking Women with Full and Subthreshold PTSD and Concurrent Cannabis and Cocaine Use Disorders. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2017;80:45-51.