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Monday, 17 October 2011 20:00

Jerry Boriskin: PTSD and addiction

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The Meadows, one of America's premier facilities for the treatment of addiction and trauma, is pleased to present a 10-part video series featuring Dr. Jerry Boriskin discussing post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD.

In the seventh video of his 10-part series, Dr. Boriskin, psychologist and senior fellow at The Meadows, talks about the connection between PTSD and addictive disorders.

"PTSD and addiction work as a tag team," he says. "They're very much the same, yet different."

Dr. Boriskin explains that someone can have an addictive disorder without post-traumatic stress disorder - or PTSD without substance abuse issues - but it's very common for the conditions to co-occur. In fact, he estimates that more than 80 percent of the military veterans he treats for PTSD also have a substance-abuse disorder.

"The timing of which comes first is irrelevant," he says. "It's imperative to come to terms with the addiction first, then start working with the PTSD issue." He notes that both disorders are difficult to treat, but both respond to similar interventions.

In other videos in the series, Dr. Boriskin discusses such topics as evidence-based treatment methods for PTSD and long-term treatment for complex PTSD.

Jerry Boriskin, Ph.D, is an author, lecturer, and clinician with expertise in trauma, PTSD, and addictive disorders. He is the author of several books, including PTSD and Addiction: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors and At Wit's End: What Families Need to Know When a Loved One is Diagnosed With Addiction and Mental Illness.

Other videos in The Meadows' series include interviews with prominent figures in the mental health field, including John Bradshaw and Maureen Canning. To view, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

To learn more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for PTSD and other disorders, visit www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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