Magazine article Addiction Professional

A New Prescription for Treatment

Magazine article Addiction Professional

A New Prescription for Treatment

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The enthusiastic response to our January 2005 cover story on medication treatments for alcohol dependence confirmed our professional readers' interest in broadening treatment options. In this issue (page 14), Kathryn Foxhall follows up with a look at medication alternatives in the opiate treatment category.

While some national media have labeled the rollout of the drug buprenorphine a disappointment at this stage, our writer's sources prefer to see the glass as half-full. Each of the approximately 5,000 physicians who as of press time had become certified to prescribe the medication represents myriad opportunities for effective, dignified office based treatment--even though some federally imposed restrictions have lessened that potential somewhat.

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of Foxhall's article is the implication that many successors to buprenorphine could be around the corner. Some of these compounds may be able to avoid strict federal controls that undoubtedly have kept some prescribers watching buprenorphine's progress from afar.

We at Addiction Professional would like to know more about how front-line professionals are addressing the arrival of medication options. If your area of expertise involves one-on-one interaction with clients, do you see the presence of new medications such as acamprosate and buprenorphine as easing or complicating that relationship? …

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