Evaluation of a Drug Court Serving Female Prescription Drug Misusers: Relationship of Substance Use to Co-Occurring Trauma History and Symptoms

Amber Hannah, California State University, Los Angeles
M. Scott Young*, Kathleen Moore*, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at University of South Florida

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Abstract The present study examined the relationship between lifetime trauma, trauma symptoms, and substance use among female prescription drug misusers enrolled in a court supervised substance abuse treatment program. Participants were sixteen women enrolled in the Pinellas County Adult Drug Court WeCan outpatient rehabilitation program. Results indicated that lifetime exposure to trauma was associated with trauma symptoms, and trauma symptoms were in turn related to continued substance use. Implications for trauma-informed substance abuse treatment practices and future research are discussed.

Introduction

In recent years the number of substance users in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. In 2007 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that an estimated 22.3 million adults used illicit drugs within the past year (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMSHA], 2008). This report further adumbrates the emergence of two dangerous trends. First, rates of nonmedical use of pharmaceutical drugs have exceeded that of all other drugs combined except marijuana. Second, for the first time data indicate that the incidence of prescription drug misuse is greater than the incidence of any other illicit drug use, including marijuana; there were 2.5 million persons initiating prescription drug misuse in 2007, compared to 2.1 million persons initiating marijuana use (SAMSHA, 2008). Clearly, nonmedical use of prescription drugs has become an increasingly exigent matter.

 

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