Prevalence and diagnostic reliability of methadone maintenance detoxification fear.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The authors identified a pathological fear of methadone detoxification in 22%, 25%, and 32% of random samples of patients in three disparate methadone maintenance programs. Patients with a pathological fear of detoxification had higher scores on the Detoxification Fear Survey Schedule, had longer histories of addiction, had been addicted for a larger percent of their life spans, and were older than patients without this fear. A greater proportion of the female patients had this fear, and a greater proportion of the patients with this fear had drug-free urinalyses. The authors recommend the use of the Detoxification Fear Survey Schedule as well as intervention to help rehabilitated opioid addicts initiate and complete detoxification.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Milby, JB; Gurwitch, RH; Wiebe, DJ; Ling, W; McLellan, AT; Woody, GE

Published Date

  • June 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 143 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 739 - 743

PubMed ID

  • 3717396

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-953X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ajp.143.6.739


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States