Outcomes of ultrarapid opiate detoxification combined with naltrexone maintenance and counseling

Jonathan Rabinowitz*, Hagit Cohen, Moshe Kotler

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Abstract

Combining naltrexone and clonidine under general anesthesia is being used to shorten opiate detoxification. This study determined the one-year relapse rate of persons detoxified using this ultrarapid method in conjunction with naltrexone maintenance and counseling. Structured telephone interviews were held with 83 out of a random sample of 113 male patients who were detoxified via the ultrarapid method more than one year before the interview (average 1.5 years) and their significant others. Relapse was defined as at least two weeks of daily opiate use. According to patients and significant others, 57 percent of patients had not relapsed. This rate is better than rates obtained in studies of other detoxification methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-833
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes

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