The Comparison between the Effect of the Cognitive- Behavior Combinatory Therapy with MMT (Methadone Maintenance Therapy) on Uncompromising Cognitive Emotion Regulation Strategies of Addicts Volunteer for Quitting in Jiroft City

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Psychology, University of Payam Nour, Tehran, Iran


Introduction: Substance abuse disorder with chronic and recurrent nature has dedicated a wide range of psychosocial interventions and drug therapy. Today, a combination of pharmaceutics and psychological treatments for treatment and prevention of re-use and subsequent increase in psychological co-existence in these patients have been used. One of the most important guidelines for recovery and prevention of recurrence, is psychological treatments and maintenance therapy with drugs such as methadone. Accordingly, the present study has taken place for comparison of the effect of the cognitive behavior combinatory therapy with MMT (Methadone Maintenance Therapy) on uncompromising cognitive emotion regulation strategies in patients with substance abuse. Methods: The present study was a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest with a control group. Accordingly, 30 addict participants referring to drug rehabilitation centers were considered as the sample of the study and were randomly assigned into three groups: cognitive-behavior therapy, methadone maintenance therapy, and control. The subjects completed the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire, before and after the intervention. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistical methods and analysis of covariance. Results: The findings showed that cognitive behavior therapy led to the reduction of uncompromising cognitive emotion regulation strategies compared to methadone maintenance therapy. However, methadone maintenance therapy was also effective (p <0.05). Conclusion: Cognitive-behavior therapy, by changing the cognitive and behavioral variables associated with drug abuse, such as uncompromising emotion regulation strategies, helps the addicts for drug rehabilitation.


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