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What are the new approaches to treat addiction disorder?

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What do you think are some novel approaches to treatment of addiction? What kind of evidence is needed for these treatments to deserve consideration by practitioners and researchers?
Posted Mon, 18 Nov 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Srikanth Reddy 7 hours later
Brief Answer:
Novel approaches

Detailed Answer:
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Novel approaches are the new approaches, either biological or social, which are utilized to treat addiction disorder.
Among the biological ones there are plenty of new drugs emerging in the market which claim to be better in efficacy and lesser side-effects.
In alcohol de-addiction, baclofen as an anticraving drug is emerging fast. In detoxification use of carbamazepine and memantin is growing in popularity.
In opioid dependence the newer technology of rapid detoxification or ultra rapid detoxification is emerging fast. They XXXXXXX the demand of early recovery from the withdrawal.
In nicotine dependence , availability of vaccines is a totally new outlook. Moreover nicotine sprays and patches are also available.
In social domains, the concept of "Cocaine homes" where in the therapist tries de-addicting a group of cocaine users using group therapy is being accepted in Africa. Management of substance abuse/dependence using cognitive behavioural therapy has helped dealing with many different psychosocial issues along with the dependance.
Presence and recognition of vocational rehabilitation of patients of drug dependence patients by governments of certain countries is taken very helpful.

The evidence that is needed for any new novel technique to become popular is by conducting a randomized controlled trial. There has to be a scientific comparison of the newer technique with the earlier gold standard to win the acceptance of the practitioners.
Hope that helps your question.
Dr. Srikanth Reddy MD
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