Last updated on November 2019

Stress Reactivity as a Determinant in Co-occurring Alcohol Use and Anxiety Disorder: Diagnosis and Alcohol Use Outcomes


Brief description of study

Alcohol dependence is among the most common and costly public health problems affecting the nation. Among individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD), those with (vs. without) a co-occurring anxiety disorder (AnxD) are as much as twice as likely to relapse in the months following AUD treatment. Dysregulation of biological stress-mood systems predict and correlate with AUD relapse and AnxD symptomatology. In contrast, stress system re-regulation correlates with improved AUD treatment outcomes but has not been examined with respect to AUD recovery and relapse in co-occurring AUD+AnxD.

Detailed Study Description

The objectives of the proposed research are to 1) evaluate the effect of co-occurring AnxD on the severity of biological stress-mood system dysregulations in AUD inpatients at pre-treatment, 2) evaluate the effect of co-occurring AnxD on the persistence of stress-mood system dysregulations in AUD inpatients in the months following treatment, 3) evaluate the effects of treatment on biological stress-mood system re-regulation among AUD patients with co-occurring AnxD, and 4) evaluate the effect of re-regulation change in biological stress-mood system function on AUD clinical outcomes.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03056872

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