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September 1973

An Improved Detoxification Technique for Heroin Addicts

Author Affiliations

From the Department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;29(3):417-419. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.04200030101016

Two methods of detoxification were administered to 149 heroin addicts in an ambulatory hospital setting—a self-determined reduction schedule and a standard physician-administered schedule. Twice as many of the self-regulated group completed detoxification as the physician-controlled group, irrespective of initial dose levels. The mean time taken for the self-regulated group was 22 days.

Implications of these results are discussed in terms of the addicts' involvement in a self-regulated treatment and the limitations of the federal guidelines for methadone use.