Objectives. This study proposes to evaluate the outcomes of a rehabilitation treatment proposed by a therapeutic community for drug addicts in Milan, in order to define the variables connected with the success of the treat-ment and to identify eventual predictive indexes that encourage the termination of drug abuse. Methods. Participants were 224 male subjects that were asked to answer the Addiction Severity Index. Results. It was possible to contact 140 subjects, out of which 80.5 per cent survived. 54.6 per cent of this sample has discontinued drugs use, while 16.9 per cent of the sample has stopped abusing of drugs during the period after the end of the treatment until the interview. The outcome is positively associated with the number of days of treatment, the presence of a job after the termination of the treatment, and the presence of a stable relationship. Conclusions. Therapeutic Community results to be a valid tool that helps subjects to take conscience of the psychological problems that have influenced the abuse, to learn coping abilities and to define and to formulate an help's question.
|Translated title of the contribution||Follow up evaluation of a treatment in a drug dependency therapeutic community|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Ricerca in Psicoterapia/Research in Psychotherapy|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health