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August 27, 1982

Drug Dependent Patients: Treatment and Research

JAMA. 1982;248(8):992. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080066038

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This is a book of excellence, reflecting the large clinical experience and original methodological contributions made by the staff of many Veterans Administration Medical Centers in the field of addictive disorders.

It is divided into four parts. Part 1 focuses on treatment modalities. Walter Dorus and Henry Lahmeyer describe clearly and in scholarly fashion the technology of methadone maintenance and of detoxification from opioid drugs and review the outcome studies of various methods. The authors emphasize the therapeutic goal of preventing relapse and maintaining a nonaddicting and productive life-style. To this end, Vincent Zarcone, Robert Craig, Duncan Stanton, Steven Ross, and Dale Callner present the principles and the techniques of individual, family, and group therapies and also of behavioral modification, at the stage of antecedent cues, of drug-taking behavior, or of the reinforcing consequences.

The editors are to be commended for including a chapter written by Richard Heilman concerning the