The Effectiveness of Methadone Maintenance Therapy in Reducing High-Risk Behaviors and Prevention of Recurrent Addiction in Addicted Men Living in Kermanshah City in 2016

Kiani Zh, G Mahmoodi
2017 Community Health journal   unpublished
Methadone maintenance treatment is one of the most common therapeutic methods for substance addiction. There is conflicting evidence to be resolved about the effect of methadone on behavior and cognition. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of methadone maintenance therapy in reducing high-risk behaviors and prevention of recurrent addiction in addicted men in Kermanshah City. Materials and Methods: This study was based on pre-test and post-test design with control group with a
more » ... ol group with a quasi-experimental approach. Among all 2472 addicted men with the highest scores of the MAP Care Solutions Program referred to the Zagros Center of Drug Rehabilitation in Kermanshah, 100 cases were selected using convenience sampling. They were then randomly subdivided into two subgroups of 50, experimental and control. C and with the highest scores of the experimental group was received methadone treatment. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and multivariate analysis of covariance and chi-square test by SPSS-21 software. Results: The results showed that the difference between the scores of high-risk behaviors in the experimental group was significant compared with control group p<0.05 so that MMT could markedly reduce the rate of high-risk behavior and recurrent addiction. Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, MMT may be an effective method for a successful quitting drug abuse and also durability of the treatment.