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Unread 11-06-2007, 07:21 PM   #17
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Problem with the term:
Short for detoxification, the term is often mistakenly used interchangeably with treatment or recovery. Detoxification is only the short initial portion of a much more comprehensive treatment. Detoxification treatments alone only remove opioids from the body, they do nothing to treat the brain disease of addiction. Using the term detox might lead to a misunderstanding by implying that detox characterizes addiction treatment or that it plays a more significant role in the overall treatment plan than it does. It also implies that the medication being tapered from is a toxin, and as with buprenorphine, that is not the case.

Preferred terms: opioid medical withdrawal, Taper, Treatment
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