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What does long-term, open-ended treatment for drug addiction mean?

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The idea of long-term, open-ended treatment runs counter to the one-time view that a person was likely "cured" in a relatively short time after attending a drug rehab program. However, evidence is mounting that lifelong treatment with maintenance medication along with counseling or therapy should be standard drug abuse treatment for most people with relapsing opioid addiction.

From: Counseling and Addiction WebMD Medical Reference

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Medline Plus: "Opiate withdrawal."

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

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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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