Follow-up of 97 young non-psychotic male opiate abusers: relationship between achieving abstinence, age, and duration of abuse

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1975 May;51(4):289-96. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1975.tb11095.x.


Ninety-seven young non-psychotic men with intravenous opiate abuse, who had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, were seen at follow-up 3 years after admission. All were traced. At follow-up, 19% were abstinent, 9% had died, whereas the remainder were still addicted. Those who had become abstinent had done so around the age of 20 and/or before they had been addicted to opiate for 3-4 years, almost regardless of the time at which their total drug abuse had started.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Alcoholism / complications
  • Cannabis
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
  • Male
  • Morphine Dependence
  • Opium
  • Prognosis
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / complications
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / therapy
  • Time Factors


  • Opium
  • Lysergic Acid Diethylamide