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Why is counseling important in opioid addiction treatment?

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Opioid addiction is more than a physical dependence on drugs. Even after detox, when physical dependence has resolved, addicts are at high risk for relapse. Psychological and social factors are often powerful stimuli for prescription drug abuse relapse.

These factors can create ongoing, nearly irresistible urges to use drugs. Prescription drug abuse counseling helps addicts escape craving and learn to cope with life, without using drugs.

From: Counseling and Addiction WebMD Medical Reference

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Medline Plus: "Opiate withdrawal."

Narcotics Anonymous web site.

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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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