The evaluation and initial treatment of cocaine-using patients is a complex, demanding, and sometimes confusing process. Thorough treatment requires the physician to integrate a range of medical, psychiatric, social, and drug-counseling services. Adding to the complexity is the need to address family issues and to anticipate the risk of relapse. Treatment can be expensive, but a recent study found that for every treatment dollar spent, $11.54 was saved in social costs (the costs to society from arrests, prosecution, theft, medical care, impaired job performance, and so on).1 Although currently the success rate of treatment for drug addiction is less than would be desired, new treatment strategies, including some pharmacological interventions, offer hope for improving the outcome.
KeywordsOutpatient Treatment Cocaine Dependence National Household Survey Residential Treatment Program Inpatient Program
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