PTSD and Addiction: A Cognitive Restructuring Approach

The relationship of PTSD, ADDICTION, AND RELAPSE has been one of the most talked about areas on my blog. As a result I am reposting information on this very important topic.

Terry Gorski's Blog

By Terence T. Gorski, Author
June 22, 2013

Unknown Recovery Is Possible With
Cognitive Restructuring

 WHEN  TREATING PTSD AND ADDICTION, I don’t use a single approach – I use a consistent set of principles and practices. I strive to be sensitive and adaptive to the emerging needs of patients in the moment. The key seems to be a balance of flexibility and consistency.  Everyone responds in a uniquely personal way in learning to understand and manage PTSD. I like the idea that and the PTSD recovery process results in Post Traumatic Growth. People don’t just overcome their symptoms. They grow and change in positive ways.

PTSD ASSESSSMENT – A CRITICAL FIRST STEP

First I do a comprehensive assessment of PTSD. This includes an analysis of presenting problems, a life history, and a history of treatment and recovery. I include efforts at self-help to be important. Most people try everything they know…

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