Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

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In treating addiction to alcohol, opioids, cannabis, and cocaine, doctors might prescribe a drug to the client to help with the detoxification process. These prescribed drugs might be given a short or long time depending on individual need. In some cases, these drugs block receptors so that if the client uses the drug, no feeling of “high” would occur (e.g. methadone blocks heroin). In other cases, the client takes the prescribed drug knowing that he/she will become ill if also taking the illicit drug or alcohol. Occasionally, the drugs used in pharmacotherapy can be addictive (e.g. methadone).

To respond to the discussion questions, please complete the assigned reading including Agonist Therapies: One Person’s Cure Is Another’s Addiction p. 418 of your text.

  1. Do you think that agonist therapies should be continued despite the danger that some people become addicted to the agonist drug? Support your position using the text or other academic resource.
  2. Choose one of the treatment drugs listed in the 18.2 Table (in text, p. 415) and research its use in treatment for alcohol, nicotine, opioid, cocaine, or cannabis treatment. Explain its action in the brain (e.g. does it block receptors).
  3. Would you recommend the drug that you researched for use in pharmacotherapy? Support your opinion with information from your research

This discussion must be 400-450 words long and this is the text book Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior Edition: 16th (2014) Author: Carl L. Hart and Charles Ksir Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Please read p. 418 as it says in this discussion

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