For individuals who are experiencing distress 4 weeks to 1 year after surviving a sexual assault, psychotherapy to target ongoing symptoms may be helpful. Project SARAH is a research study that provides no cost therapy aimed at reducing distress. The treatments used are evidence-based, and have been shown to be effective across studies.
We are curious about how alcohol use affects treatment. Many individuals use alcohol to help cope with trauma related symptoms, and there is more to learn about how alcohol use affects recovery following trauma.
This randomized controlled trial (RCT) is unique in that PTSD treatment is compared with, and in some cases paired with, alcohol skills training. Individuals will either meet online with an individual therapist twice weekly for 3-6 weeks or receive telephone supportive counseling. We are investigating whether or not receiving alcohol skills training tandem with exposure therapy is more effective than telephone supportive counseling or exposure therapy alone in treating trauma related symptoms and accompanying alcohol use. Thus, this study is looking to understand how alcohol skills training may improve current treatment options for these populations.