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Drug Addiction and Related Clinical Problems

  • Alessandro Tagliamonte
  • Icro Maremmani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. M. Diana, Z. L. Rossetti, G. L. Gessa
    Pages 19-26
  3. M. Sala, D. Braida, M. Colombo, M. P. Leone, E. Gori
    Pages 37-44
  4. V. P. Dole
    Pages 45-49
  5. I. Maremmani, O. Zolesi, L. Daini, M. R. Capone, M. Aglietti, P. Castrogiovanni
    Pages 51-56
  6. O. Zolesi, L. Daini, M. R. Capone, M. Aglietti, F. Raimondi, I. Maremmani
    Pages 57-62
  7. M. Scaglia, E. Baiardo, I. Baldasso, E. Cristina, S. Deodato, W. O. Faustman et al.
    Pages 63-67
  8. L. Daini, M. R. Capone, T. Agueci, M. Aglietti, O. Zolesi, I. Maremmani
    Pages 69-77
  9. L. M. Gunne, L. Grönbladh, L. S. Öhlund
    Pages 91-107
  10. J. H. Lowinson, M. Gourevitch
    Pages 149-155
  11. E. Buning, P. Lang, M. Torrens, C. Herzog, L. Grönbladh, H. Joseph et al.
    Pages 193-197
  12. Alessandro Tagliamonte, Icro Maremmani
    Pages 199-211
  13. I. Maremmani, O. Zolesi, L. Daini, R. Nardini, P. Castrogiovanni
    Pages 225-232

About these proceedings

Introduction

Many of the questions related to the treatment of drug addiction originate from the confusion that still characterizes this issue, even though biology is irreversibly changing our outlook on the physiology and psychopathology of the mind. In fact, prejudices stemming from the archaic concept of mind-body dualism are so difficult to eradicate that even a skilled psychiatrist may find it hard to distinguish a psychiatric symptom from a socially transgressive behavior. The dilemma becomes even more salient for drug addiction, since many of the substances which induce abuse and dependence are illegal, and their production, trade and use are forbidden by law. If the use of heroin is connoted as a crime, it may become controversial to recognize its chronic sequelae as a disease. Hence, withdrawal symptoms may alternatively be attributed to drug effects, or labelled as immoral attitudes arising from a vicious personality. However, the physician's judgement, which has to be merely instrumental at improving the patient's quality of life, should never be influenced by such complex setting. In fact, the only concern of the physician must be that of ascertaining the causes of symptoms and of removing them: if symptoms are induced by the toxic effect of a drug, he has to use the most effective antidote, and then proceed towards a detoxification; if they are due to withdrawal, a substitutive substance should be given initially. In the case of narcotics, substitutive therapy on a maintenance basis may become mandatory.

Keywords

AIDS AIDS prevention Emotion Epidemiology HIV Intervention Syndrom

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Tagliamonte
    • 1
  • Icro Maremmani
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of PharmacologyUniversity of SienaSienaItaly
  2. 2.Psychiatric InstituteUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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