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Clinical Issues in Tapering 

From: Chapter 10: Phases of Treatment: Tapering, in Methadone Maintenance: A Counsellor's Guide to Treatment (© 2003).

Tapering for many clients is an uncomfortable and emotionally difficult challenge. Fears about relapse to drug use both during the taper and after its completion are common.

Counselling is very important during this phase. Usually it will be intensified from what characterized the latter stages of the Action/Maintenance Phase to closely monitor the client’s physical and emotional responses to the tapering process and plan coping strategies.

 

Phases of Methadone Treatment: Tapering

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