Buprenorphine maintenance: A new treatment for opioid dependence

I’m sure we’ll be seeing more about this.

It begs all sorts of questions:

  • Under what conditions is maintenance appropriate?
  • Under what conditions is it inappropriate?
  • Is part of maintenance’s attraction that we so rarely provide treatment of appropriate duration, intensity and type?
  • Will maintenance be acceptable for opioid addicted doctors? Why or why not?
  • This will raise questions about the definition of recovery. Is this recovery…full recovery? Why or why not?