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J Clin Psychiatry. 1978 Feb;39(2):111-6.

New approach to the rehabilitation of the hard core drug addict (heroin methadone addicts) a pilot community study.


The limitation of the methadone maintenance program has pressed for a re-evaluation of our understanding of the underlying causes of addiction. Apparently, one of theunderlying causes or end result produced by the drug itself is that of depression. It explains why the addicts try to maintain to the maximum, the euphoric state and are unwilling to rehabilitate. A pilot study was conducted for the treatment of ex-methadone addicts with large dosages of antidepressants and anxiolytics. Out of 117 ex-methadone and soft drug addicts treated with antidepressants and anxiolytics, 46% ex-methadone and 46.3% soft drug abusers failed to become abstinent. The failures were basically related to the management of treatment. The study suggests a possibility for detoxification from methadone and control of relapse by antidepressants and anxiolytics.

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