Discussion: Use of Pharmacotherapies The use of pharmacotherapies, or the treatm
Discussion: Use of Pharmacotherapies
The use of pharmacotherapies, or the
treatment of an addiction with the use of medication, has been
prevalent in psychology during the past 50 years. Addiction counselors
and doctors work in conjunction by prescribing medication to assist
users as they wean off of their drug of choice, replacing one addictive
substance with another.
In 1965, researchers
began using methadone, a human-made chemical substance, to block the
effects of heroin and lessen the withdrawal symptoms of opiate addicts.
Methadone maintenance treatments are still used today, and researchers
continue to question its use in assisting addicts. For example, “Despite
the [reported] effectiveness of methadone in reducing heroin use and
the associated medical co-morbidities . . . there have been reports
about patients using heroin while being in methadone maintenance
treatment (MMT)” (Fareed,Vayalapalli, Stout, Casarella, Drexler,
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