Implosive Therapy as a Technique to Help Detoxify Drug Abuse Clients

  • John A. Heuvelman


This paper was written with the goal of introducing the theory and technique of Implosive Therapy (IT), a relatively new form of behavior therapy, as a technique to help detoxify drug abuse clients. By providing a thorough discussion of the theory, practice, and related issues, it is hoped that more members of the drug treatment profession will implement the implosive procedure in their research and practice. A brief clinical example is also included, and a listing of the experimental evidence relating to the subject of IT and to the subject of detoxification is available for the interested reader.


Conditioned Stimulus Unconditioned Stimulus Test Anxiety Methadone Maintenance Stimulus Compound 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Heuvelman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Hope CenterTucsonUSA
  2. 2.La Frontera Center, Inc.USA

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