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What can we know about addiction from the addicts we treat?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3793314     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present paper examines the limitations that are placed on our understanding of addiction when research is restricted to studying opiate users who are seeking treatment. Though users who do seek treatment do not seem to differ in terms of their history or magnitude of drug use from those not seeking treatment, those in treatment are likely to have more serious addiction-related problems. Addicts who seek different types of treatment (e.g., methadone maintenance vs therapeutic community) appear to differ in terms of social and psychological characteristics. However, specific characteristics do not appear to be matched with specific treatments. Thus the addicts seen in treatment in general or in any specific treatment represent a discrete subpopulation of the entire population of opiate users. As such, any generalizations that we make about addiction based on these addicts must be limited.
E Corty; J C Ball
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of the addictions     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0020-773X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Addict     Publication Date:    1986 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-02-05     Completed Date:  1987-02-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123640     Medline TA:  Int J Addict     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1139-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Heroin Dependence / psychology,  rehabilitation*
Methadone / therapeutic use
Therapeutic Community
Grant Support
R01 DA03709-01/DA/NIDA NIH HHS
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