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.