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Shamsalinia A, Norouzi K, Fallahi-Khoshknab M, Farhoudian A, Ghaffari F. Experiences of substance abusers from methadone maintenance therapy . Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2017; 31 (1) :256-262
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-3859-en.html
Ramsar Nursing Care Research Center, Babol University of Medical Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Babol, Mazandaran, Iran. , ghafarifateme@yahoo.com
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Background: Substance abusers are not able to withdraw drugs eternally despite the abundance of different treatments; therefore, withdrawal programs are not quite successful and notwithstanding all the successes of methadone maintenance therapy, there are some defects found in the manner this treatment is applied. Thus, this study was conducted to explore the experience of drug abusers regarding methadone maintenance therapy.
   Methods: This is a qualitative study using content analysis methodology. The research community includes drug abusers admitted to the treatment centers of the western cities of Mazandaran Province, Iran in 2016. The sampling was purposive and the data were collected by face-to-face single interviews with 20 patients. The interviews were continued up to data saturation. Finally, the Lundman and Grenheim method was used to analyze the interviews and the four criteria of Guba and Lincoln were applied to check data integrity.
   Results: “Buying time,” “methadone dependence,” and “looking from a narrow view to the patient” were the main three categories that fit the results.
   Conclusion: Governmental free services for drug abusers; paying attention to different aspects of treatment such as mental, emotional, and social recovery; lifelong support of the family and society members; and balance in prescribing and following the treatment process prescribed by health care providers can enhance both the quality and safety of the treatment process. Psychological consultation alongside social services can facilitate the recovery process in methadone maintenance therapy.

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Psychology

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