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Psychotherapeutic treatment of opiate addiction.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Rush, AJ; Shaw, BF
Published in: Am J Psychother
January 1981

A challenge in the treatment of opiate addicts is submitted by the limited available research data and the shrinking financial resources. In response to this challenge, therapists must increase the specificity and efficiency of their interactions with patients. A model which specifies targets of treatment was outlined. It is recognized that methadone maintenance treatment programs alone cannot possibly precipitate the necessary psychological and social changes. Yet, a complementary psychotherapy treatment model has not been endorsed and, therefore, outcome research on potentially efficacious therapeutic strategies has been almost nonexistent. In order to evaluate the usefulness of various modalities, the techniques must be clearly defined and focused on producing changes in the specific problem areas of narcotics abuse. Using an empirical model which includes the specification of the goals of psychotherapeutic involvement, patient and therapist can both clearly understand the treatment contract. It is hoped that they will focus their efforts on obtaining one appropriate and realistic goal after another in a logical sequence with defined priorities. Only in this way can we ascertain which "different (counseling) strokes" are useful for which "different folks".

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Am J Psychother

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ISSN

0002-9564

Publication Date

January 1981

Volume

35

Issue

1

Start / End Page

61 / 75

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Social Behavior
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Opioid-Related Disorders
  • Methadone
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Goals
  • Behavior Therapy
 

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Rush, A. J., & Shaw, B. F. (1981). Psychotherapeutic treatment of opiate addiction. Am J Psychother, 35(1), 61–75. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.1981.35.1.61
Rush, A. J., and B. F. Shaw. “Psychotherapeutic treatment of opiate addiction.Am J Psychother 35, no. 1 (January 1981): 61–75. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.1981.35.1.61.
Rush AJ, Shaw BF. Psychotherapeutic treatment of opiate addiction. Am J Psychother. 1981 Jan;35(1):61–75.
Rush, A. J., and B. F. Shaw. “Psychotherapeutic treatment of opiate addiction.Am J Psychother, vol. 35, no. 1, Jan. 1981, pp. 61–75. Pubmed, doi:10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.1981.35.1.61.
Rush AJ, Shaw BF. Psychotherapeutic treatment of opiate addiction. Am J Psychother. 1981 Jan;35(1):61–75.

Published In

Am J Psychother

DOI

ISSN

0002-9564

Publication Date

January 1981

Volume

35

Issue

1

Start / End Page

61 / 75

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Social Behavior
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Opioid-Related Disorders
  • Methadone
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Goals
  • Behavior Therapy