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Outpatient detoxification of the addicted or alcoholic patient.

Authors
  • Prater, C D
  • Miller, K E
  • Zylstra, R G
Type
Published Article
Journal
American family physician
Publication Date
Sep 15, 1999
Volume
60
Issue
4
Pages
1175–1183
Identifiers
PMID: 10507746
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Outpatient detoxification of patients with alcohol or other drug addiction is being increasingly undertaken. This type of management is appropriate for patients in stage I or stage II of withdrawal who have no significant comorbid conditions and have a support person willing to monitor their progress. Adequate dosages of appropriate substitute medications are important for successful detoxification. In addition, comorbid psychiatric, personality and medical disorders must be managed, and social and environmental concerns need to be addressed. By providing supportive, nonjudgmental, yet assertive care, the family physician can facilitate the best possible chance for a patient's successful recovery.

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