Treatment of Opiate Addiction in Asia

Current Practice and Recent Advances
  • John Westermeyer
Part of the Research Advances in Alcohol and Drug Problems book series (AADP, volume 7)


Treatment systems are usually studied at one point in time, although they have developed over time. Often they began to meet yesterday’s dilemmas; these may differ considerably from today’s challenges. Such systems usually grow by accretions, in fits and starts, rather than in a smooth, integrated fashion. Various folk, indigenous, or nonpublic means of healing or treatment for addiction predated the development of modem treatment systems. Antiaddiction programs vary from place to place, being private in one place and governmental in another, lay or professional, coercive or voluntary, primarily medical or primarily social. For example, private physicians and healers in Hong Kong have treated addicts for decades. The first government program in Hong Kong was located at the psychiatric hospital at Castle Peale Another early program was a private rehabilitation effort—the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts. A compulsory prison program began around the same time. These facilities cooperated with medical, rehabilitative, and self-help programs as they were subsequently established to treat addicts (Way, 1965). Methadone maintenance was evaluated for 3 years and then added to this diverse array of resources.


Methadone Maintenance Abstinence Rate Heroin Addict Opiate Addiction Involuntary Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Westermeyer
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Minnesota HospitalMinneapolisUSA

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