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Momeni F, Moshtagh N, Pourshahbaz A. Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy on Craving, Depression & Anxiety among the Opiate Abusers Under MMT. Iranian Rehabilitation Journal. 2010; 8 (1) :19-23
URL: http://irj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-65-en.html
1- University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Teran, Iran.
Abstract:   (9660 Views)

Objectives: This study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral group therapy on craving, symptoms of depression and anxiety among the patients under MMT.

Methods: In this experimental study, 36 opiate addicts under MMT were selected out of all the patients referring to Iranian National Center of Addiction Studies on a judgmental sampling method and were randomly allocated to two experimental and control groups. In experimental group, a total sum of 8 sessions (one session per week) of cognitive behavioral group therapy were delivered. The main theme of these sessions were efficient management of craving, negative mood and anxiety. Data were gathered with different questionnaires including the questionnaire of demographic data, RPS for craving assessment, BDI-II for depression and BAI for anxiety. Different methods of statistical analysis were implemented.

Results: The results indicated that post test and follow-up scores of craving index were decreased significantly (P<0.05). Depression and Anxiety scores showed significant decrease as well.

Discussion: Considering the above mentioned findings, we concluded that cognitive-behavioral group therapy was effective in significantly decreasing craving and symptoms of anxiety and depression in opiate addicts under MMT.

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Article type: Original Research Articles |
Received: 2009/12/15 | Accepted: 2010/03/2 | Published: 2010/04/1

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