Opioid Use Disorders and Their Treatment


Ayman Fareed, MD
Department of Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, US

Series: Substance Abuse Assessment, Interventions and Treatment
BISAC: PSY038000

In this book, the reader will be updated about the most recent information related to opioid use disorders and how to treat them. It starts by providing information about how to diagnose these disorders, the mechanism of opioid craving as shown by subjective reporting scales and neuroimaging studies, and the relationship between opioid addiction and high risk behavior. It then describes the relationship between stress, chronic pain and opioid addiction, signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, how to prevent and treat it, and the implication of harm reduction programs to mitigate the risk of overdose. The reader will be also updated about the most recent guidelines for treatment of opioid use disorders, including the first phase of treatment, which is managing the opioid withdrawal syndrome and detoxification.

The opioid agonist maintenance treatment with either methadone or buprenorphine for patients who fail abstinent based models is elaborated. Serious adverse effects of opioid agonist treatment are covered in detail as well. Opioid antagonists like naltrexone maintenance, which are another form of treatment for patients who do not qualify for or desire opioid agonist maintenance treatment is also elaborated upon. Treatment of special populations such as adolescents and opioid dependent pregnant women is included in this book. This book is written for patients, families, physicians, psychologists, social workers and addiction counselors. It is a helpful guideline for diagnosing and treating opioid use disorder. Despite the rich scientific information included in the book, it is written in a simple language that makes it easy to follow. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Diagnosing Opioid Use Disorder (pp. 1-6)

Chapter 2 – Opioid Craving and Anti-Craving Medications (pp. 7-16)

Chapter 3 – Opioid Craving and Methadone (pp. 17-28)

Chapter 4 – Faulty Decisions and Opioid Use Disorder (pp. 29-34)

Chapter 5 – Stress and Opioid Use Disorder (pp. 35-40)

Chapter 6 – Pain and Opioid Use Disorder (pp. 41-46)

Chapter 7 – Opioid Overdose Prevention and Treatment (pp. 47-56)

Chapter 8 – Treatment of Opioid Withdrawal (pp. 57-62)

Chapter 9 – Methadone Maintenance Treatment (pp. 63-72)

Chapter 10 – Buprenorphine Maintenance Treatment (pp. 73-82)

Chapter 11 – Opioid Agonists Serious Adverse Effects (pp. 83-92)

Chapter 12 – Naltrexone Maintenance Treatment (pp. 93-98)


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