Out-patient detoxification of patients addicted to sedative-hypnotics and anxiolytics

James W. Hawthorne, James R. Zabora, Burton C D'Lugoff

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Due to the risk of seizures and other potentially life threatening complications, it has been accepted practice to detoxify patients addicted to sedative-hypnotics or minor tranquilizers in an in-patient setting. Using the procedures for patient selection and management described below, we have been able to detoxify as out-patients approximately two-thirds of 69 patients who were found to be in need of detoxification. Out-patients experienced no serious complications during or immediately following detoxification and were not significantly less likely than in-patients to complete treatment. We present here some guidelines which will assist practitioners in identifying patients who are appropriate for out-patient detoxification and describe approaches to patient management that have proven effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-151
Number of pages9
JournalDrug and alcohol dependence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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