Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY   FALL 2010 , Volume 16 , Number 3 (62); Page(s) 291 To 291.
 
Paper: 

OPIATE USERS EXPERIENCES WITH METHADONE MAINTENANCE TREATMENT: QUALITATIVE STUDY

 
 
Author(s):  KHERADMAND A.*, BANAZADEH MAHANI N., ABEDI H.A.
 
* KERMAN MEDICAL FACULTY AND NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH CENTER
 
Abstract: 

Objectives: Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT) is one of treatment choices for opiate users. Understanding opiate users experiences is important because it effects on continuing their treatments in methadone centers. The aim of this study is describing the structure and essence of opiate users experiences with (MMT).
Method: The qualitative phenomenological approach was used in this study and applied purposive sampling among opiate users who came to methadone centers in Kerman city in 2008. Purposive sampling continued until data saturation was occurred when sample size became 32 participants. The data was collected by in-depth interviews. Researcher has used field note for completing data collection process. Colaize΄ s Method applied for data analysis. The rigor of present study was based a transferability and credibility.
Results: Six themes was extracted from the research (structural components of experience), including: 1-encouragements, 2- barriers, 3-believes, 4- drug experiences, 5-center experiences and 6-habits.
Conclusion: Physical, psychological, social and economic efficacy, easy availability and good saturation by drug were positive experiences. In the other hand, physical, psychological complications and stigma were negative experiences. Three components of participants' experiences including: "center, drug, believes" have important role in formation of the positive or negative experiences. Moreover, some habitual behaviors and dependencies were detected among participants. In addition to physical, mental and spiritual cares, psychotherapy and consultation provide meaningful and purposive treatment for opiate users.

 
Keyword(s): QUALITATIVE STUDY, METHADONE MAINTENANCE TREATMENT, EXPERIENCES
 
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