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Drug Alcohol Depend. 2000 Jun 1;59(3):211-3.

Remissions from drug dependence: is treatment a prerequisite?

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  • 1Addiction Research Foundation site, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Department of Psychology and Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, 33 Russell Street, Toronto, Canada.


The present study investigated the prevalence of untreated drug remissions in a representative sample of respondents who had a lifetime diagnosis of one of five types of illicit drug dependence in the past (cannabis, cocaine/crack, hallucinogens, amphetamines, or heroin) but no diagnosis of drug abuse or dependence in the last year. It was concluded that, among recovered individuals with previous clinically significant drug concerns (as measured using DSM-IV criteria), a substantial proportion had accessed addictions treatment services prior to remission.

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