Prevalence and diagnostic reliability of methadone maintenance detoxification fear

J. B. Milby, R. H. Gurwitch, D. J. Wiebe, W. Ling, A. T. McLellan, G. E. Woody

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The authors identified a pathological fear of methadone detoxification in 22%, 25%, and 32% of random samples of patients in three disparate methadone maintenance programs. Patients with a pathological fear of detoxification had higher scores on the Detoxification Fear Survey Schedule, had longer histories of addiction, had been addicted for a larger percent of their life spans, and were older than patients without this fear. A greater proportion of the female patients had this fear, and a greater proportion of the patients with this fear had drug-free urinalyses. The authors recommend the use of the Detoxification Fear Survey Schedule as well as intervention to help rehabilitated opioid addicts initiate and complete detoxification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-743
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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