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Comment & Response
December 11, 2013

Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress and Alcohol Dependence

Author Affiliations
  • 1Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2013;310(22):2457-2458. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282141

To the Editor In a randomized clinical trial, Dr Foa and colleagues1 examined prolonged exposure psychotherapy for co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependence. Prolonged exposure therapy was studied in relation to supportive counseling, use of naltrexone, and a pill placebo. The article provides an example of how the same findings can be interpreted quite differently when considered from a public health perspective.