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Can Med Assoc J. 1967 Mar 18;96(11):655-9.

Rehabilitation and the narcotic addict: results of a comparative methadone withdrawal program.

Abstract

The purpose of this retrospective study was to compare (1) regular methadone withdrawal treatment and (2) prolonged methadone withdrawal treatment in 105 and 71 voluntary patients respectively, who attended the Narcotic Addiction Foundation (N.A.F.) between 1959 and mid-1964. Treatment consisted of individual counselling and medical care for all, and only residential care and psychiatric assessment for selected cases. The number of treatment sessions and the details of drug therapy are described.One hundred and fifty-three of 176 patients (87%) were interviewed approximately one to five years after the first clinic contact. Forty-three per cent showed some overall improvement in their behaviour. Rehabilitation was defined as change in a specific area-drug use, work, criminal behaviour, community associations, friendship patterns and family relationships-rather than in terms of abstention from drugs only. Age affected comparative results.

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