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Management of Treatment-Resistant Substance and Alcohol Abuse 

Management of Treatment-Resistant Substance and Alcohol Abuse
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Management of Treatment-Resistant Substance and Alcohol Abuse
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Kathleen T. Brady

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10.1093/med/9780199739981.003.0012
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date: 23 November 2017

Substance use disorders are a significant public health problem in the United States and throughout the world. There are many efficacious treatment options available and even more under development; however, the full continuum of treatment is not available to most people because of underfunding of the public treatment system and limits on insurance coverage for treatment of addictions. In this chapter, the major causes of treatment resistance in individuals with substance use disorders will be explored and strategies to address these issues will be discussed. Efforts focused on improving compliance with medications and other treatments, reducing the stigma associated with substance use disorders, and improving access to treatment would go a long way toward addressing much of the treatment resistance in addictions.

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