Relationship-Based Recovery Case Study: An Interpersonally-Empowering Approach to Recovery from Substance Use Disorder and PTSD
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD) are prevalent and pernicious disorders that are commonly comorbid. Though promising findings have been documented for psychotherapies addressing PTSD/SUD, this is a relatively new area of inquiry.
To (a) describe relationship-based recovery (RBR), a recently developed cognitive-behavioural treatment for comorbid PTSD and SUD, and (b) explore how RBR might facilitate reduction of PTSD and substance use problems.
This study used a single case design, with assessments occurring at baseline, post-treatment, and 3-month follow-up.
Clinically significant reductions in PTSD and SUD, as well as increased satisfaction with interpersonal relationships, were found at post-treatment and 3-month follow-up. Following treatment, the patient no longer met diagnostic criteria for disorders identified at pre-treatment.
The patient appeared to benefit from the treatment. Research investigating RBR as a potential treatment for PTSD/SUD is warranted.
KeywordsPosttraumatic stress disorder Substance use disorder Individual CBT Interpersonal
We wish to extend our gratitude to the client who participated in this study. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Government or the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
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