Module 13: OTC and Rx Abuse and Pharmacotherapy and Detox

Module 13: Introduction

The reading for Module 13 introduces concepts essential for understanding over-the-counter and prescription drug misuse, pharmacotherapy as an option in treating substance use disorders, and the specific phase of treatment called detoxification (“detox”). This online coursebook includes content prepared by the book’s author, as well as several readings from the published literature.

Module 13 Reading Objectives

After engaging with these reading materials and learning resources, you should be able to:

  • Explain the roles of prescription and over-the-counter medications in the substance misuse arena;
  • Identify basic principles of pharmacotherapy for treating substance use disorders;
  • Identify goals and practices of detox protocols;
  • Define several key terms related to these topics.


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