Basic and Clinical Science of Opioid Addiction
Editor(s): Kuntze M.F. (Basel)
Müller-Spahn F. (Basel)
Ladewig D. (Basel)
Bullinger A.H. (Basel)
Publication year: 2003
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Key Issues in Mental Health , No. 170
Editor(s): Riecher-Rössler A. (Basel)
Sartorius N. (Geneva)
VIII + 72 p., 10 fig., 6 tab., hard cover, 2003
The Swiss approach of a highly structured outpatient treatment using methadone, heroin, morphine etc. to keep patients in treatment is discussed. Data of follow-up after heroin-assisted treatment is shown. Also a critical discussion of the history of treatment modalities and its scientific evaluation is presented. Further important topics such as brain imaging, opioid withdrawal, risks of treatment, and basic neurochemical research are presented. The issue concludes with the narrative experience of a practicing psychotherapist.
This topical and outstanding overview gives psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists, neuroscientists, physicians as well as decision makers in public health, politicians, counselors and social workers an excellent insight into stimulating and scientific research.