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How can maintenance therapy help with treating drug addiction?

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Most experts today consider drug addiction to be a chronic, relapsing illness. Just like other chronic illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure, opioid addiction treatment in some form must be lifelong.

Many people with opioid addiction will continue to take maintenance therapy. By the same token, experts say, they should also continue some form of counseling.

From: Counseling and Addiction WebMD Medical Reference

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Carroll, K.M. 2005. American Journal of Psychiatry,

Dennis, M. , December 2007. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice

FDA. "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

Harvard Mental Health Letter, "Treating opiate addiction, part II: Alternatives to maintenance," January 2005.

Medline Plus: "Opiate withdrawal."

Narcotics Anonymous web site.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction."

National Library of Medicine, "Estimating the Client Costs of Addiction Treatment: First Findings from the Client DATCAP."

O'Brien, C. , 2008. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Van den Brink, W. 2006. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry,

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 28, 2017

SOURCES:

Carroll, K.M. 2005. American Journal of Psychiatry,

Dennis, M. , December 2007. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice

FDA. "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

Harvard Mental Health Letter, "Treating opiate addiction, part II: Alternatives to maintenance," January 2005.

Medline Plus: "Opiate withdrawal."

Narcotics Anonymous web site.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction."

National Library of Medicine, "Estimating the Client Costs of Addiction Treatment: First Findings from the Client DATCAP."

O'Brien, C. , 2008. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Van den Brink, W. 2006. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry,

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 28, 2017

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