February 17, 2017

A new therapy model for individuals with co-occurring SUD and PTSD

Researchers at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, CA are formulating a new therapy model for the treatment of individuals who experience co-occurring SUD and PTSD. This model, RBR (Relationships-based Recovery), is an amalgam of empirically-based models, and employs person-focused counseling with a trauma-informed and harm reduction approach. Primarily a cognitive-behavioral technique, RBR emphasizes interpersonal relationships as integral to the recovery process and encourages a significant figure in the person in recovery's process to engage in the work. This loved one does not attend sessions, nor do they have any contact with the therapist. The person in recovery implements and practices strategies developed in sessions at home with their significant other. 
This paper discusses the framework of RBR and provides a case study into one individual and their measured positive outcomes after the 16-week manualized therapy program, which warrants further study. 

Wanklyn, S.G., Brankley, A.E., Laurence, G. et al. (2017). "Relationship-based recovery case study: An interpersonally empowering approach to recovery from Substance Use Disorder and PTSD." Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. 47:41 doi:10.1007/s10879-016-9340-9


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