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

  • Tunde Apantaku-Olajide (a1), Kevin Ducray (a2), Patricia Byrne (a2) (a3) and Bobby P. Smyth (a2) (a4)
Abstract
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.

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Tunde Apantaku-Olajide (tunde.apantaku-olajide@gnb.ca)
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Perception of unmet needs and association with benzodiazepine misuse among patients on a methadone maintenance treatment programme

  • Tunde Apantaku-Olajide (a1), Kevin Ducray (a2), Patricia Byrne (a2) (a3) and Bobby P. Smyth (a2) (a4)
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