Concurrent Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders Using Prolonged Exposure (COPE): Therapist Guide

ISBN: 9780199334537
ISBN-10: 0199334536
Copyright: 2015
Edition: 1st
Editor: Back, Susie E., Foa, Edna B., Killeen, Therese K., Mills, Katherine L., Teesson, Maree, Cotton, Bonnie Dansky,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 94
Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV,  MS, BCETS, CATSM, FAAETS  (C3 Education and Research, Inc.)
This installment of the Treatments That Work series focuses on treating patients with PTSD and substance abuse based on a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program. While cognitive-behavioral therapy is not new, this COPE program is an integration of two evidence-based treatments: prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD and relapse prevention for substance use disorder.
The purpose is to help therapists treat clients with both PTSD and substance abuse concurrently. There is a separate patient workbook that mirrors this therapist guide.
Clinicians who work with patients with PTSD and a co-occurring alcohol or drug-use disorder will benefit substantially from this book. This would also be an excellent teaching tool for graduate-level courses such as advanced treatment techniques and psychotherapy.
This guide takes a step-by-step approach through the program and the principles of treatment. The program is divided into 12 sessions, which mirror the patient workbook, and covers the relationship between PTSD and substance-use disorders, common reactions to trauma, cognitive-behavioral techniques to help patients manage cravings and high-risk thoughts about using alcohol and drugs, breathing relaxation techniques, and imaginal exposures. The book is well rounded and gives clinicians a solid foundation for implementing this program.
The Treatments That Work series provides timely and useful additions to the field. The incidence and prevalence of PTSD and concurrent substance use disorder is more than enough reason for this book and it will be invaluable in treatment.
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