Effect of therapeutic community residence on mental status of substance abusers

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Shahla Akuchekian 1 , * , Gholamreza Arabzadeh 2 , Hamid Nasiri 3

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

2 General Practitioner, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

3 Instructor, Department of Nursing, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

How to Cite: Akuchekian S, Arabzadeh G, Nasiri H. Effect of therapeutic community residence on mental status of substance abusers, Hormozgan Med J. 2005 ; 9(3):e90390.

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Hormozgan Medical Journal: 9 (3); e90390
Published Online: February 19, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: March 05, 2005
Accepted: February 19, 2006

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Abstract

Introduction: Substance abuse is a major problem in many societies as wall as
our country. This leads too many socioeconomic problems for societies, so it is
important to achieve an effective program to improve this problem. Many
treatment protocols such as therapeutic community (T.C) have been suggested for
substance abusers. Psychological problem and co-morbidity in substance abuse
leads to poor therapeutic response and high rate of recurrence. T.C can improve
mental status of substance abusers. Therefore we studied the effect of residence
in T.C on their mental status.
Methods: In an experimental pretest – posttest survey, 30 substance abusers were
evaluated for mental status, before and after residence in T.C using ScL-90-R
scale. The results evaluated with SPSS program and T - paired Test.
Results: In this study, there was a significant difference in mental status of addict
patients before and after residence in T.C (P,0.005), except in phobia
(P=0.018).
Conclusion: Our results show that therapeutic community is an effective program
and improve mental status of substance abuser and addict patients and probably
can decrease the tendency of patients to come back to dependency.

Keywords

Heroin - Heroin Dependence - Therapeutic Community

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