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Issues Associated with the Stabilization Phase 

From: Chapter 8: Phases of Treatment: Stabilization, in Methadone Maintenance: A Counsellor's Guide to Treatment (© 2003).

Stabilization is the first phase of treatment. This phase addresses the following aspects of treatment:

   engaging the client

   addressing stigma

   orienting the client to MMT and to the program

   urine screening

   assessing the client

   treating acute medical and psychosocial problems

   achieving an optimal dose of methadone

   introducing harm reduction strategies

   treatment planning

   stabilizing other drug use (including alcohol)

   establishing functional stability.

     

Phases of Treatment: Stabilization

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