VISTAS Substance Abuse

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

A Review of the Research on the Relationship Between Substance Abuse and a History of Exposure to Trauma

Debbie C. Sturm


Increasing awareness of the co-occurrence of substance use disorders, mental health diagnoses and the presence of a history of traumatic experiences has lead researchers to take a closer look at the interaction of these factors and to explore current treatment approaches in an attempt to develop more effective and coordinated services for patients tangled in this multi-layered web (Becker et al., 2005; Brady, Beck & Coffey, 2004; Newmann & Sallmann, 2004; Turner & Lloyd, 2003). An examination of the relationship between traumatic experiences and substance abuse as well as implications for counselors, counselors in training, supervisors, and counselor educators will be provided.

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