Adjunctive Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Addictions
Psychopharmacological interventions are incredibly successful in conjunction with rehabilitative treatment for opiate addiction. However, a comprehensive approach to addictions is necessary, and while pharmacotherapy plays an important role, it is insufficient on its own. A multidisciplinary team is an important part of treatment in order to address the behavioral and psychological elements we have described in this book. The team can implement treatment effectively and hold patients accountable in their recovery. Furthermore, our patients often have psychiatric and medical comorbidity that contributes to their addiction that must be addressed for success, including health concerns such as chronic diseases like hepatitis C, HIV, and chronic pain.
KeywordsMedication-assisted treatment Buprenorphine Naloxone Naltrexone Urine drug screens Pharmacotherapy Addiction treatment
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