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Heroin Dependence Theory of Different Levels of Intervention

  • I. Maremmani
  • O. Zolesi
  • L. Daini
  • R. Nardini
  • P. Castrogiovanni
Conference paper

Summary

The medical, psychiatric, psychological and social manifestations of heroin addiction require more than a multidisciplinary intervention. To effectively treat addiction, rehabilitation and/or prevention is necessary but phase of illness must also be treated. In fact, contrary to what is usually believed, therapeutic interventions for drug addiction (rehabilitative drug-free treatments and chemotherapeutic interventions) are not singularly sufficient nor are they interchangeable in the single subject. It is often necessary to adapt the intervention to the clinical phase of illness, trying to enhance program “retention rate”. This condition is indispensable in the rehabilitative process. The nature of drug addiction will often necessitate contacting clients in the street, in order to begin counselling and “harm reduction”. Finally, primary or secondary prevention cannot be separated from a global intervention philosophy.

Keywords

Drug Addiction Harm Reduction Methadone Maintenance Treatment Drug Addict Methadone Maintenance Therapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Maremmani
    • 1
  • O. Zolesi
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. Daini
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. Nardini
    • 3
  • P. Castrogiovanni
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Dependence-Psychiatry Unit, Psychiatric InstituteUniversity of PisaItaly
  2. 2.Ph.D. Research Program SienaPisa & Cagliari UniversitiesItaly
  3. 3.Social Disease Study and Intervention AssociationItaly

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