Through a glass darkly: Can we improve clarity about mechanism and aims of medications in drug and alcohol treatments?



Nutt, David J and Lingford-Hughes, Anne and Chick, Jonathan (2012) Through a glass darkly: Can we improve clarity about mechanism and aims of medications in drug and alcohol treatments? Journal of Psychopharmacology, 26 (2). pp. 199-204. ISSN 02698811

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Abstract

The treatment of addiction and dependence on, and misuse of, alcohol and other drugs is one of the largest unmet needs in medicine today, so the development of new treatments is a pressing need. However, we have seen the development and use of different terminologies for different drug addictions, which confuses prescribers, users and regulators alike. Here we try to clarify terminology of treatment models based on the pharmacology of treatment agents. This editorial covers all drugs that are used for their pleasurable effects and which therefore can lead to harmful/hazardous use, dependence and addiction. These include nicotine, alcohol and abused prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines, as well as opioids and stimulants.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2012 12:03
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:59
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2662

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