The official journal of
EUROPAD - European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association
WFTOD - World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence
Editor: Icro Maremmani, MD - Pisa, Italy, EU
Associate Editors:
Thomas Clausen, MD - Oslo, Norway
Pier Paolo Pani, MD - Cagliari, Italy, EU
Marta Torrens, MD - Barcelona, Spain, EU
Statistical Editor:
Mario Miccoli, PhD - Pisa, Italy, EU

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Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems: 2024, 26, 25

Group counselling can prolong the remission period in opioid use disorder patients after detoxification and enhance social support, self-efficacy and hopelessness levels in patients and their families in Turkey.

Belgin Varol, and Fatma Oz

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Summary: Background. This study was conducted as an intervention study to evaluate the effect of group counselling on individuals with opioid use disorder and their relatives. Methods. A total of 74 individuals and their relatives (n=37 in the intervention group, n=37 in the control group) who agreed to participate in the study were included. Patients were diagnosed with OUD in a Centre, where their detoxification treatments were successfully completed. A 10-session program, separately prepared for individuals and their relatives, was applied to the intervention group. Data was collected by means of urine sample, Personal Information Form, Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, General Self-Efficacy Scale and Beck Hopelessness Scale. The data collection tools were administered four times, before the program, just after the last session, 1 month and 3 months after the last session. Results. The mean remission time (131.92) of those in the intervention group was found to be significantly higher than the mean remission time (122.73) of the participants in the control group. Group counselling is effective in positive changes in remission duration, self-efficacy, social support, and hopelessness levels. Conclusions. Counseling programs for individuals with OUD and their families are encouraged to be employed and disseminated in drug abuse treatment institutions.

Keywords: opioid use disorder; self-efficacy; hopelessness; social support; family


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