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Occup Med. 2002 Jan-Mar;17(1):41-9, iv.

Addiction: selecting appropriate treatment and using the self-help system.

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  • 114th Street Clinic & Medical Group and East Bay Community Recovery Project, Oakland, California, USA.


This chapter provides guidance for the occupational physician in identifying appropriate resources within the treatment and self-help system. Identifying resources to meet patient needs can be challenging in a climate where services are rapidly changing. Two inpatient or outpatient programs may have considerably different services, strengths, and limitations that can be difficult to precisely characterize. Degree of structure (e.g., inpatient versus outpatient) may be misleading in terms of the nature of the treatment provided. Knowledge and attitudes about the self-help system vary greatly, and it is important not to underestimate its potential or hold unrealistic expectations for what it can accomplish.

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