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THE TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION: PRIVATE PRACTICE EXPERIENCE WITH 84 ADDICTS
MANUEL M. PEARSON; RALPH B. LITTLE
Am J Psychiatry 1965;122:164-169.
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Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Senior Attending Psychiatrist at the Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.

Associate in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Attending Psychiatrist at the Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital

1966 by The American Psychiatric Association

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The scope of this report covers 30 years of private practice experience by two psychiatrists who treated 84 drug addicts, emphasizing the diagnostic features, correlating therapeutic principles, the prognosis and the results of therapy. Each patient was treated for the problem of drug addiction, and therapy was not directed toward the particular addicting agent. The same psychotherapeutic principles apply for addiction to narcotics, sedatives, tranquilizers or stimulants. Special emphasis was placed on the addictogenic feature of a disturbed human interrelationship as a significant etiologic factor. Fewer sociopathic personality disturbances and better motivated patients constituted our private practice experience. There is a definite relationship between the diagnosis and the prognosis. The results set aside the generally accepted very bad prognosis for addiction problems. This report is designed to fill the present gap of reports regarding treatment methods and results of therapy for drug addiction. We believe that the following of our basic therapeutic principles will materially increase the competence of the psychiatrist to handle his addicted patients.

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