Detox (Sepember/October)

Date of Issue: 09/01/2017 | Volume: 5 | Number: 6&7

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Detox isn't just about medically supervised withdrawal over a 7-day period. If done properly, it should be an important part of the overall treatment and recovery plan for addiction. In this issue, we identify basic withdrawal symptoms of the major drugs of abuse and their corresponding detox strategies, and interview Kevin P. Hill, MD, about cannabis use disorder.

In This Issue


Detox: An Overview

Topics: Addiction | Pharmacology Tips | Psychotherapy | Substance Abuse

Detox (also known as “medically supervised withdrawal”) refers to treatment to help patients withdraw from substances that cause physical dependence, such as alcohol, sedative-hypnotics, and opioids. But detox is far more than a several-day process of ridding the body of an addictive substance. It should be considered an important component in the overall care and treatment of addiction.

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Expert Q&A

Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment

Topics: Addiction | Pharmacology Tips | Psychotherapy | Substance Abuse

Currently in the US, cannabis has evolved into an issue of individual freedom, leading to full legalization in some states on the presumption that the substance isn’t addictive. Unfortunately, cannabis use disorder is indeed a problem for many patients, Kevin Hill, MD, tells us. In fact, says Dr. Hill, one of the greatest challenges you’ll encounter while treating patients is convincing them that cannabis use disorder is a real thing. Here are some treatment strategies.

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Kratom: A Primer for Clinicians

Topics: Addiction | Substance Abuse

Kratom (Mitagyna speciose) is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family whose leaves have been used for centuries in South Asian countries as a stimulant and pain reliever. Recently, kratom has entered US and European markets and is now sold in various forms, both online and at local head shops.

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Research Update

How Effective Is Tramadol for Opioid Withdrawal?

Topics: Addiction | Pharmacology Tips | Research Update | Substance Abuse

Opioid withdrawal protocols often rely on a buprenorphine taper, but other medications are regularly used either in addition to or in the place of buprenorphine. In particular, tramadol ER, a mild opiate, may be effective and was recently studied at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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CME Post-Test

Take The CME Post-Test for Detox, CATR, September/October 2017

Topics: Addiction | Pharmacology Tips | Psychotherapy | Research Update | Substance Abuse

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers only. By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 2 CME credits.

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