The Effectiveness of Short Term Treatment with Naltrexone
It was originally hoped that the widespread clinical availability of a narcotic antagonist would provide a vehicle for addicts to achieve long-term abstinence, and that a significant number of addicts would choose to take an antagonist for a long period of time. While naltrexone seemed particularly promising because it was free of the side effects of other opiate antagonists, our experience, and the experience of others, indicates that many patients are reluctant to take naltrexone and when they do so, many continue its use for only short periods of time.
KeywordsShort Term Treatment External Control Methadone Maintenance Treatment Opiate Antagonist Narcotic Antagonist
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