The Relationship between Program-Related Characteristics and Pretreatment and Postadmission Attrition in Methadone Maintenance and Drug-Free Modalities

  • Robert J. Harford


Two chronic problems confronting programs for rehabilitating drug dependent individuals have been failure of applicants to accept treatment after referral and premature termination of treatment. Upwards of 55% of referrals “drop out” before initiating treatment. Of those who actually enter programs, the postadmission attrition rates during the first three months range as high as 88% for drug-free modalities and 46% in methadone maintenance. Our own experience involving more than 4,000 applicants during the past nine years has shown that fewer than 25% of referrals are enrolled in programs three months after their initial application.


Drug Abuse Treatment Methadone Maintenance High Risk Case Opiate Abuser Criminal Justice System Involvement 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Harford
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale Universiy School of MedicineUSA

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