Purpose: Phase I focus groups with clinicians and patients will gather qualitative data to
focus and inform the content of Phase II. In Phase II, 12 weeks of psychotherapy will be
offered to evaluate feasibility and potential efficacy of a couples-based, integrated
treatment for men with PTSD and alcohol dependence.
Hypotheses: We predict that this experimental psychotherapy, Partners Encouraging Abstinence
and Coping with Emotions (PEACE), will reduce patient drinking, reduce PTSD symptoms, and
improve relationship functioning.
- Male patients
- One to six weeks of abstinence from alcohol and other drugs
- Both partners agree to stated goals of abstinence from alcohol and drugs, reduction
of PTSD symptoms, and relationship improvement
- Current diagnoses of both alcohol dependence and PTSD
- Receiving treatment for one or both disorders
- Functionally able to participate in outpatient treatment as determined by P.I.
"Functionally able" includes access to transportation.
- Alcohol is "drug of choice" (History of other drugs acceptable)
- Married or cohabiting in stable relationship for at least 6 months. Separated couples
may participate if attempting to reconcile
- Patient willing to sign release of information allowing researchers to communicate
with patient's clinician regarding treatment goals
- Spouse or partner also has an alcohol or drug problem as determined by P.I. based on
report by patient or partner or as revealed on Alcohol Use Disorders Identification
Test (AUDIT) or the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) given to partner at intake
- Mental retardation or learning disorder by clinician report or patient chart
- Psychotic disorder as determined by patient's chart or SCID
- Patient currently receiving methadone or another opiate agonist by patient report or
- Current fear of partner or history of severe domestic violence in the past year. An
example of severe violence would be a couple reporting an episode of violence that
required medical attention. Such couples will be excluded from the study and referred
to domestic violence treatment. Couples who have experienced mild to moderate
domestic violence may participate in Phase II of the study.