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Deborah Zador

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug & Alcohol Studies Volume 2

Chapter 29: Treating Benzodiazepine Dependence – Abstinence or Maintenance?

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Treating Benzodiazepine Dependence – Abstinence or Maintenance?
Treating Benzodiazepine Dependence Abstinence or Maintenance?
Deborah Zador

It is common practice to manage patients presenting with problems relating to benzodiazepine (BZD) dependence with an abstinence-based approach. This involves prescribing a BZD reducing regimen to minimise the risks and treat the symptoms associated with withdrawal. This may be supported by brief interventions or counselling (Ashton, 2005; Denis et al., 2006; Lader et al., 2009). Most of the literature on treatment of BZD dependence is aimed towards initiating and sustaining abstinence, thus reinforcing the received wisdom that that there is primarily one therapeutic strategy to manage this condition (Parr et al., 2009; Lingford-Hughes et al., 2012).

However, there is growing interest in an alternative approach to managing this problem – sanctioned ...

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