Treatment of methadone withdrawal with cerebral electrotherapy (electrosleep)

Br J Psychiatry. 1979 Jan;134:111-3. doi: 10.1192/bjp.134.1.111.


The use of cerebral electrotherapy (CET) in methadone detoxification was studied in 28 patients. Fourteen patients received active CET; the other 14 acted as controls and received either stimulated CET or only methadone detoxification therapy. One patient dropped out of the study. The Taylor Manifest Anxiety Scale and the Hamilton Anxiety Scale were administered before and after the study period. Nine of the patients receiving active CET were drug-free by the end of 8 to 10 days, and all experienced a marked reduction of their symptoms; the control group did not show significant changes. CET was clearly beneficial in the treatment of patients undergoing methadone withdrawal.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety / therapy
  • Electronarcosis*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Heroin Dependence / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manifest Anxiety Scale
  • Methadone*
  • Middle Aged
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / therapy
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / therapy*
  • Time Factors


  • Methadone