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Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress and Alcohol Dependence

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD1
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1Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2013;310(22):2457-2458. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282141.
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To the Editor In a randomized clinical trial, Dr Foa and colleagues1 examined prolonged exposure psychotherapy for co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependence. Prolonged exposure therapy was studied in relation to supportive counseling, use of naltrexone, and a pill placebo. The article provides an example of how the same findings can be interpreted quite differently when considered from a public health perspective.


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December 11, 2013
Edna B. Foa, PhD; Carmen P. McLean, PhD; David Yusko, PsyD
1Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2013;310(22):2458-2459. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282158.
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