Steps Away from Methadone: A Behavioral Approach to the Detoxification of Methadone Maintenance Clients

  • Demosthenes Lorandos


The step program was creative heresy. It was conceived and implemented at the peak of the Nixon administration’s “total war on street level pushers”. Instead of trying to hold onto addicts while adjusting them to a crazy world, the step program was designed to pull them out of the dull world of maintenance. With psychologists, boatbuilders, artists and a rag taggle array of do-gooders the step program achieved some startling results. Of substantial value today, it must be cast in the proper historical setting to fully appreciate its impact.


Executive Director Methadone Maintenance Treatment Methadone Maintenance Step Program Treatment Staff 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Demosthenes Lorandos
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  1. 1.Central Michigan UniversityUSA

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