Lifetime exposure to potentially traumatic events in a sample of alcoholic patients in Poland.

Recent studies show a high prevalence of traumatic events in samples of patients with a substance use disorder.

In the present study, the lifetime exposure to potentially traumatic events (PTE’s) was estimated in a sample of 458 patients recruited at 17 randomly chosen alcohol-dependence treatment units in the public healthcare sector in Poland.

  • Eighty percent of the patients reported a history of at least one potentially traumatic event.
  • Sixty percent of them reported experiencing more than one probable trauma.
  • However, only the patients who experienced physical assault reported worse clinical severity in posttraumatic stress (PTSD) and alcohol-use related symptomatology.

The findings confirm the importance of trauma assessment in alcohol-dependent patients and the inclusion of trauma-related issues in the treatment of alcohol dependence.

Research report; Lifetime exposure to potentially traumatic events in a sample of alcohol-dependent patients in Poland. Dragan M, Lis-Turlejska M. J Traum Stress 2007; 20(6): 1041-51.

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Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse
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