New York: Despite fears that exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would worsen alcoholism, a new study found that doctors can safely treat both conditions at the same time.Researchers found that people with PTSD and alcoholism benefited the most from the simultaneous treatments to reduce alcohol cravings and lessen distress, compared to people on other treatment regimens."What we found is that those people that got (medication) plus prolonged exposure therapy for alcohol dependence together with the treatment for PTSD did the best for maintaining their low level of drinking," Edna Foa, the study`s lead author, told Reuters Health.People develop PTSD after traumatic events and are left with a heightened state of distress even when they`re not in danger. Many of those people also develop some level of alcohol dependence.About 11 million adults in the U.S. have PTSD and about one-third of them are also dependent on alcohol, according to an editorial accompanying the new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
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