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J Addict Med. 2016 Jul-Aug;10(4):283-5. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000236.

When Added to Opioid Agonist Treatment, Psychosocial Interventions do not Further Reduce the Use of Illicit Opioids: A Comment on Dugosh et al.

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Friends Research Institute; and Department of Psychiatry, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

Abstract

This commentary reviews the limitations of the recent literature review by that examined the role of psychosocial interventions with medication for opioid addiction treatment. The commonly held belief that opioid agonist treatment alone is inferior treatment to such treatment combined with 'psychosocial' treatment (which many will understand to mean counseling) is not supported by the research evidence and it results in limitations on the use of these effective medications.

PMID:
27471920
PMCID:
PMC4968580
DOI:
10.1097/ADM.0000000000000236
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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