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Relapse and Recovery in Addictions

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:757
  1. Wayne Hall (, executive director
  1. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    Eds Frank M Tims, Carl G Leukefeld, Jerome J Platt

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    Yale University Press, £35, pp 420 ISBN 0 300 08383 1


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    Giving up drugs is easy, as Mark Twain observed: he'd stopped smoking hundreds of times. The same is true of alcohol, opiate, and cocaine dependence. Staying stopped, once you stop, can be difficult, with a half to two thirds of treated cases relapsing to problem use within a year. Still, many developed countries invest more in “detoxification” and short term treatment programmes than in helping users to stay …

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