Most community-referred, ambulatory chronic alcoholics can be detoxified quickly and safely without the use of psychoactive drugs, according to our data. We believe such detoxification can be done most efficiently in a social setting, with the aid of a staff who will provide reassurance and reality orientation and who will monitor the patients' vital signs, general condition, and any specific problems.
(JAMA 239:1409-1410, 1978)
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