Distinguished practicing psychiatrists, internists, and other clinical experts and researchers contribute their expertise with buprenorphine to this volume. It covers the subject matter thoroughly -- from the history of opioid abuse and assessment criteria for potential patients to clinical management and psychiatric comorbidity. Chapters provide succinct conclusions and clinical pearls summarizing content regarding, among other topics, General opioid pharmacology and the efficacy and safety of buprenorphine treatment programs Detailed information about the clinical use of buprenorphine Clinical management strategies for successful integration of the medication into private practices Medical management, logistical considerations, and opioid use by adolescents
This handbook provides the tools and guidelines necessary to help providers cultivate a therapeutic environment for treating opioid addiction that minimizes problem behaviors and optimizes treatment outcomes. The requirements for setting up a successful office-based treatment program are provided in detail. A screening questionnaire for patients and sample informed consent forms are provided. Because there is flexibility in how the necessary elements can be incorporated into existing programs, providers will learn through this handbook how to tailor their opioid addiction treatment plan to the needs of their particular practice and patients. Case vignettes, charts, and tables make the subject matter easily accessible for readers ranging from students to well-established practitioners.
Clinicians will find this handbook an invaluable resource for successfully treating an increasing number of patients who struggle with the disease of opioid addiction.
John A. Renner Jr., M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Boston University Medical Center and the VA Boston Healthcare System in Boston, Massachusetts.
Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., is Director of The Addiction Institute of New York; Chief of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at The St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals; and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York.