ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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The Needs of Patients with Substance Use Disorder Who Presented at Treatment Centers (AMATEM)


Faculty of Humanities, Cappadocia University, Nevşehir, Turkey


Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health, Health Services General Directorate, Ankara, Turkey


Alcohol and Drug Addiction Research, Treatment and Education Center (AMATEM), İstanbul Erenkoy Mental and Nervous Diseases Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Psychology, Bilgi University, İstanbul, Turkey

Addicta 2022; 9: 8-15
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2022.21054
Read: 314 Downloads: 63 Published: 01 April 2022

The purpose of this study was to determine the psychological, social, and economic needs of patients who presented at the Alcohol and Substance Addiction Research, Treatment, and Training Centers in Turkey. This study was conducted with patients who presented at the Alcohol and Substance Addiction Research, Treatment, and Training Centers in six provinces (Adana, Konya, Gaziantep, Manisa, Samsun, and Elazığ) between 2017 and 2018. The data were collected using a sociodemographic form and a structured questionnaire to assess the needs of patients. The evaluation was made of 328 participants, comprising 314 males, 9 females, and 5 of unstated gender. Of these, 83.5% were inpatients and 16.5% were outpatients, and 42.1% were using more than one substance, reported as opiates by 30.1% and alcohol by 15.5%. The results of this study showed that the patients who sought treatment for substance addiction were mostly supported by their families and also needed a job they can perform with sufficient income to provide a livelihood. These results also suggested that patients with substance use disorder need rehabilitation programs to be able to develop professional and social skills, allow them to discover their own areas of interest, and develop physical exercise habits.

Cite this article as: Karakaya, İ., Saçaklı, G., Bilici, R., & Ögel, K. (2022). The needs of patients with substance use disorder who presented at treatment centers (AMATEM). Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions., 9(1), 8-15.

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