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Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2007 Dec;4(1):45-55.

Managing addiction as a chronic condition.

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  • 1Chestnut Health Systems, Bloomington, Illinois, USA. mdennis@chestnut.org

Abstract

This article reviews progress in adapting addiction treatment to respond more fully to the chronic nature of most patients' problems. After reviewing evidence that the natural history of addiction involves recurrent cycles of relapse and recovery, we discuss emerging approaches to recovery management, including techniques for improving the continuity of care, monitoring during periods of abstinence, and early reintervention; recent developments in the field related to self-management, mutual aid, and other recovery supports; and system-level interventions. We also address the importance of adjusting treatment funding and organizational structures to better meet the needs of individuals with a chronic disease.

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18292710
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PMCID:
PMC2797101
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