Clinical Topics - Addiction

Barriers to Patients Undergoing Methadone Maintenance Therapy

Barriers to Patients Undergoing Methadone Maintenance Therapy

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Methadone maintenance therapy is one method utilized to combat opioid addiction and is an effective treatment in the abstinence from opiates. The purpose of this article is to communicate comprehensive information to healthcare providers about methadone as a medication, and the treatment guidelines of maintenance programs in the hopes of diminishing the stigma attached to methadone maintenance therapy. Through a comprehensive literature review, information regarding mechanism of action, maintenance therapy program guidelines, different barriers to treatment, and how to overcome these barriers were collected and reviewed.

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Understanding and Treating Benzodiazepine Dependence; How you as a nurse can best assist the addicted patient

Understanding and Treating Benzodiazepine Dependence; How you as a nurse can best assist the addicted patient

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This article provides information on the symptoms of benzodiazepine dependence, the neurophysiology behind the dependence and how the staff nurse can be part of the treatment involved.

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