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SAFE STEPS -Combined Treatment of Alcohol Dependent Women with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Principal Investigator:   Denise Hien, PhD
Co-principal Investigator:   Frances Levin, MD
Co-investigators:   Lisa Cohen, PhD
Allen Zweben, PhD
Stephen Donovan, MD
Time frame of study:   Ongoing
Time frame of participation:   3 months
Number of participants needed:   Open
Location of Study:   Mount Sinai St. Luke's
Behavioral Science Research Unit
1111 Amsterdam Avenue, 11th Floor
(Corner of 114th St. & Amsterdam Avenue)
New York, NY 10025
Contact:   (212) 636-1611

The goal of this study is to contribute to the development of effective treatments for women with co-morbid alcohol dependence and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This research study offers women with comorbid alcohol dependence and PTSD a combination of medication and 12 weeks of individual one-hour psychotherapy sessions with trained clinicians. In addition, women will have weekly appointments with a psychiatrist during study participation.

The treatment provided is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.

Criteria for Participation:

-Ages 18-65
-Current Alcohol Dependence
-Current PTSD
-Not pregnant

The FREE treatment provided includes:

12 weeks of individual one-hour psychotherapy sessions with a trained clinician. We are evaluating two behavioral treatments: Seeking Safety, a treatment that focuses on substance abuse and trauma related issues and Twelve-Step Facilitation, a treatment that focuses on alcohol and substance abuse using the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

We are also evaluating the use of Sertraline (trade name: Zoloft), an antidepressant medication.

Participants can receive up to $165 during the course of the study.