Home > Perception of unmet needs and association with benzodiazepine misuse among patients on a methadone maintenance treatment programme

Apantaku-Olajide, Tunde and Ducray, Kevin and Byrne, Patricia and Smyth, Bobby P (2012) Perception of unmet needs and association with benzodiazepine misuse among patients on a methadone maintenance treatment programme. The Psychiatrist , 36 , (5) , pp. 169-174.

Aims and method: To examine patients’ perceptions of unmet needs during methadone maintenance treatment (MMT), and to explore the relationship between co-occurring benzodiazepine misuse and severity of needs. A cross-sectional survey was carried out at an MMT programme in Dublin, Ireland. All patients were invited to participate on a voluntary basis. Of the 191 eligible patients, 107 agreed to participate and completed the Camberwell Assessment of Need questionnaire.

Results: Unmet needs for substance misuse treatments, daytime activities, socialisation, money management and psychological distress were high. Fifty-two respondents (49%) reported using non-prescribed benzodiazepines during the past month. Compared with non-users of benzodiazepines, benzodiazepine users reported higher ratings of total and unmet needs (P<0.05). The number of days using benzodiazepines predicted the severity of needs.

Clinical implications: The findings highlight the importance of addressing coexisting psychological needs, and further support enhancing treatment interventions for benzodiazepine misuse or dependence among patients on MMT.


Item Type:Article
Date:May 2012
Page Range:pp. 169-174
Publisher:Royal College of Psychiatrists
Volume:36
Number:5
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Patient attitude toward treatment
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and needs assessment > Needs assessment
B Substances > Sedatives or tranquillisers (CNS depressants) > Benzodiazepine
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)
T Demographic characteristics > Substance user
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance replacement method (substitution) > Methadone maintenance
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Multiple substance use (Poly-drug /Poly-substance)

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