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The FACE Screening For Pre-Dependency and Substance Abuse

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Info for Clinician


An important responsibility of any physician or professional is recognizing chemical dependency to medication. Equally important to the health of the patient is identifying a potential dependency before it begins. This booklet, designed especially for physicians and addiction professionals, is a compilation of criteria to consider before prescribing benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and opiates to a patient. Created and tested by James A. Holder, MA, LPC, this quick, four-step process will more effectively identify patients who are at extreme risk of abusing certain medications and substances so alternative treatment can be provided.


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Association for Addiction Professionals

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901 N. Washington St. Suite 600

Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-741-7686 800-548-0497
Fax: 800-377-1136
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