Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment has been a controversial topic among mental healthcare practitioners. Too many theories and not enough hands-on research, if you ask me.
Now, in a new study, researchers have determined that an “integrated approach” is best for individuals experiencing PTSD. The integrated approach, according to Katherine L. Mills, Ph.D., of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, combines treatment for PTSD and substance dependence, resulted in significantly greater reductions in PTSD symptom severity.
But, investigators say that more research is needed because traditional methods commonly used to treat PTSD may in fact rekindle substance abuse issues. “Prolonged exposure therapy, a cognitive-behavioral therapy involving exposure to memories and reminders of past trauma, has long been regarded as a gold standard treatment for PTSD,” say the researchers.
There is a concern, however, that exposure therapy may be inappropriate because of risk of relapse for patients with co-occurring substance dependence. Perhaps programs like Transformational Sailing need to include a measurement and follow-up assessment in order to quantify and qualify the affects and outcomes with respect to participants suffering with PTSD. Based on anecdotal evidence alone, regular exposure to the relaxing benefits of sailing on the San Francisco Bay can have a significant affect on such individuals, as demonstrated by their powerful testimonials.
(Original Article Published in: PsychCentral)