Alcohol consumption among college students is a growing problem on campuses across the U.S. Recent reports from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA, 2007) indicate that over the last decade, the reported frequency of binge drinking — defined as five or more drinks in one two-hour sitting for a male, or four or more drinks in one two-hour sitting for a female — of college students has increased by 15.7 percent.
Consider the epidemiological data and the clinical challenges of treating patients who evidence concurrent comorbid psychiatric diagnoses of PTSD and Substance Abuse Disorders (SUDs). As summarized by Brady et al. (2009), Mueser et al. (2003) and Ouimette and Brown (2003):
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has found its way into addiction treatment. Originally developed as a therapeutic tool for women diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT currently has been modified by many treatment professionals for use in the field of addiction.