Correlates of hospitalization for alcohol-using methadone-maintained persons with physical health problems.
ABSTRACT This cross-sectional study (n = 190) examined correlates of hospitalization for physical health problems among methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) clients with a history of alcohol abuse. The study was derived from baseline data collected for a longitudinal trial assessing the effect of motivational interviewing among alcohol-abusing adults undergoing MMT. The sample included clients who were 18-55 years of age, abusing alcohol, and receiving MMT from five large methadone maintenance clinics in the Los Angeles area. A structured questionnaire was used to collect the data. Correlates of hospitalization in logistic regression analysis included lack of social support, recent victimization, age of first alcohol use, chronic severe pain in the previous 6 months, not having children, and ethnicity. Identification of hospitalization risk factors among alcohol-abusing MMT clients is a first step to developing risk-reducing interventions designed to lower hospitalization rates in this population.
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ABSTRACT: Literature review tables pertaining to various issues and sub-themes regarding Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) policy and practice, composed by Dr. Christopher B. R. Smith as a consultant for the College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) Research Advisory Group (RAG), towards the revision of the most recent edition of the ‘Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program Standards and Clinical Guidelines’ (4th Edition, February 2011).
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ABSTRACT: We examined the associations of recent victimization with subsequent participation in alcohol-related treatment and mutual help, and with short- and long-term drinking and health outcomes. Treatment-naïve men and women having an alcohol use disorder with (n = 73) or without (n = 491) recent violence victimization were assessed at baseline and 1 and 8 years later. Victimized individuals had more days intoxicated, drinking problems, symptoms of depression, and physical health problems at baseline, and were more likely to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) during Year 1. Victimization at baseline predicted re-victimization at 1 year, and more depressive symptoms and physical health problems at 8 years. Participation in alcohol-related treatment or AA during Year 1 was associated with fewer drinking problems. In addition, treatment or AA participation was of greater benefit to victimized individuals in terms of reducing drinking-related or health problems. Alcohol use disorder interventions are effective for men and women with recent victimization, but additional services may be needed to remedy problems with depression and physical health and to prevent further victimization.Addiction Research and Theory 01/2011; 19(1):22-31. · 1.03 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Temperament is considered as a biological disposition reflected by relatively stable features related to mood and reactivity to external and internal stimuli, including variability in emotional reactions. The aim of the present study is to test the hypothesis that affective temperaments might differ according to co-occurring mood disorders among patients with alcohol and/or opiate dependence; to explore the relationship between temperaments and dual substance use disorders (SUDs, alcohol and other drugs). Ninety-two patients attending an alcohol addiction treatment facility and 47 patients in an opiate addiction treatment facility were assessed for SUDs, mood disorders and affective temperaments using the Temperament Evaluation of Memphis, Pisa, Paris and San Diego 39-item auto-questionnaire. Comparison of patients with bipolar disorder, depressive unipolar disorder and no (or substance-induced) mood disorder revealed significant differences for the cyclothymic subscale, with highest scores among patients with bipolar disorder. No difference was observed for the depressive, irritable, hyperthymic and anxious subscales. After adjustment for age, gender and bipolar disorder, irritable temperament was a significant risk factor for past or present history of drug use disorders in patients treated for alcohol addiction (odds ratio [OR] 1.42, 95 % confidence interval [CI] 1.05-1.93). Anxious temperament was a significant risk factor for history of alcohol use disorders in patients treated for opiate addiction (OR 3.30, 95 % CI 1.36-7.99), whereas the hyperthymic subscale appeared as a significant protective factor (OR 0.65, 95 % CI 0.42-0.99). The results highlight the need to consider temperamental aspects in further research to improve the long-term outcome of patient with addictive disorders, who often present complex comorbidity patterns.Psychiatric Quarterly 03/2013; · 1.26 Impact Factor