This presentation will demonstrate the resulting affective instability and distorted thinking that occurs in traumatized individuals who develop substance use disorders within the framework of a case study paradigm. Implications on treatment planning will also be addressed based on the clinical presentation of the client with co-morbid PTSD/Polysubstance Dependence in early recovery.
- Understand the types of cognitive distortions and affective manifestations of depression and anxiety that occur in clients who have co-morbid PTSD & Substance Use Disorders.
- Discuss the advantages of conducting a comprehensive assessment that includes addressing trauma history as a part of the overall substance use and psychiatric disorders evaluation in order to focus on cognitive and affective issues related to the trauma/dependence interaction effect.
- Be able to develop an effective treatment plan that is designed to confront “I Statements” provided by the client in the context of the assessment and indicate affective and cognitive pathology.
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