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  • A 50-Year-Old Woman Addicted to Heroin Review of Treatment of Heroin Addiction

    Posted on July 3rd, 2009 TimB No comments

    Heroin addiction is a complicated medical and psychiatric issue, with well-established as well as newer modes
    of treatment. The case of Ms W, a 50-year-old woman with a long history of opiate addiction who has been
    treated successfully with methadone for 9 years and who now would like to consider newer alternatives, illustrates
    the complex issues of heroin addiction. The treatment of heroin addiction as a chronic disease is reviewed,
    including social, medical, and cultural issues and pharmacologic treatment with methadone and the more
    experimental medication options of buprenorphine and naltrexone.

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  • Why it is important to cut methadone treatment waiting time

    Posted on May 5th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Combined implications of two British studies were that the longer someone waits for methadone treatment, the less likely they are to start it, and even if they do, they will have spent longer at risk from dependent heroin use.

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  • The story of drug treatment effective treatment Changing lives

    Posted on April 30th, 2009 TimB No comments

    The goal of all treatment is for drug users to achieve abstinence from their drug – or drugs – of dependency. For some this can be achieved immediately, but many others will need a period of drug-assisted treatment with prescribed medication first. Drug-users receiving drug-assisted treatment should experience a rapid improvement in their
    overall health and their ability to work, participate in training or support their families.

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  • Why drug users leave treatment

    Posted on April 30th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Four out of five of the 200,000 individuals in contact with treatment services in England either complete a programme satisfactorily, or stay in one long enough for both them and the community to gain lasting benefit – through less crime, improved health, and better social functioning. And the number of individuals successfully completing a drug treatment programme has risen steadily, to almost 25,000 last year.

    Drug dependency is a chronic condition, characterised by relapse and remission, and it doesn’t fit the popular medical image of diagnosis, treatment and cure. Clinicians expect a typical heroin addict to go in and out of treatment several times. Typically, it takes six goes over six years to become drug-free. So we can’t assume that all those who successfully complete a course of treatment will sustain this improvement permanently.

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  • principles of drug addiction treatment A research-based guide

    Posted on April 28th, 2009 TimB No comments

    This update of the National Institute on Drug Abuses Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment is intended to address addiction to a wide variety of drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs. It is designed to serve as a resource for health care providers, family members, and other stakeholders trying to address the myriad problems faced by patients in need of treatment for drug abuse or addiction.

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