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Alcoholism, heroin dependency, and methadone maintenance: alternatives and aids to conventional methods of therapy


, : Alcoholism, heroin dependency, and methadone maintenance: alternatives and aids to conventional methods of therapy. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 4(4): 517-531

Alcohol is one of the drugs most frequently used by heroin addicts prior to inception of heroin addiction. It is therefore not surprising that alcohol also represents the drug most frequently abused by persons on methadone maintenance. This abuse not only results in the appearance of all the previously known complications secondary to excessive alcohol intake, but is also a major factor in preventing successful rehabilitation while on methadone therapy. Conventional means of therapy, through abstinence and/or Antabuse, have not met with success or a good degree of patient acceptance. A multimodal approach utilizing controlled drinking, abstinence, and Antabuse along with identification of cues triggering excessive drinking may serve to attract greater numbers of persons with dependency for narcotics and alcohol into the therapeutic setting.

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