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American Society for Action on Pain

UI - 000243

AU - Rawson RA

AU - Tennant FS Jr.

TI - Five-year follow-up of opiate addicts with naltrexone and behavior therapy

AB - AB - A group of 58 heroin addicts were treated with naltrexone and behavior therapy and followed

for 5 years. At one-year post-treatment, almost half of the naltrexone-treated subjects were opiate free.

Follow-up results at 5 years post-treatment indicate that over 90% of those patients treated with naltrexone

became re-addicted for various periods of time. However, naltrexone-treated subjects did feel their treatment

with naltrexone had provided them with the ability to remain opiate free for blocks of time. The results

suggest that naltrexone is not a "cure" for opiate dependence, but is a medication which can be useful in

protecting patients from re- addiction and is a modality patients should be encouraged to return to if they

feel vulnerable to re-addiction UI - 85012611

SO - NIDA Res Monogr 1984;49:289-295