A Comparative Study of the Addicts' Attitude toward Using of Narcotic Substances after Quitting Addiction (A Comparison between Two Techniques of Indigenous Self-esteem and Methadone Therapy in Azadshahr City)

Document Type: Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Social Sciences Department, Zanjan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Zanjan, Iran

2 M.A. in Social Research, Zanjan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Zanjan, Iran


According to the studies and comments of the experts, addiction is a difficult problem in our society. Nowadays, the most important issue related to addiction in our country is the second return of addicts to narcotic substances after once quitting them. In fact, this is the indication of failure or weak performance of addiction-therapy techniques, emphasizing on its physical aspect. However, an attitude toward drug abuse is a factor considered as an important variable in the behavior of drug abuse. In fact, it can be claimed that the attitudes can facilitate an addict’s second return or non-return to addiction. The target group consisted of treated addicts within age range of 15 to 29, while the target universe included two addiction-therapy centers: indigenous self-esteem and methadone therapy in Azarshahr city referring to those two centers during 2010 to be treated, 199 individuals from among which were selected using Cochran’s formula. Then the obtained data were analyzed using SPSS software and differential Uman White Ni test. Results from this comparative research on two groups of indigenous self-esteem and methadone therapy show that attitudes toward second return to drug abuse within the two techniques are different.


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