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The Effectiveness of Short Term Treatment with Naltrexone

  • David C. Lewis
  • Rebecca Black
  • Joseph Mayer
  • Ronald G. Hersch

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Short Term Treatment External Control Methadone Maintenance Treatment Opiate Antagonist Narcotic Antagonist 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Lewis
    • 1
  • Rebecca Black
    • 1
  • Joseph Mayer
    • 1
  • Ronald G. Hersch
    • 1
  1. 1.Washingtonian Center for AddictionsUSA

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