Volume 19, Issue 3 (Fall 2014)                   IJPCP 2014, 19(3): 177-186 | Back to browse issues page

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University of Payam-e-noor , Email:orakisalamat@gmail.com
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between craving for methamphetamine and personality characteristics of patients under methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). Method: Eighty patients under MMT were chosen from Iranian National Centers for Addiction Study, Aftab Society, Aftab-e-Mehrvarzi, and a private infirmary and thereafter answered to Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) and Desires for Drug Questionnaire (DDQ). Data analysis was done by one-sample t-test and Pearson correlation coefficient. Results: The results showed that the subjects obtained higher than the norm scores in novelty seeking and harm avoidance and lower than the norm scores in reward dependence, self-directedness, cooperativeness and self-transcendence. Furthermore, craving for methamphetamine had a positive correlation with novelty seeking (p<0.002), but negative correlation with cooperativeness (p<0.001). Conclusion: Through recognizing personality traits and the amount of craving for drug in patient on MMT, it is possible to predict whether they stay in or leave the treatment.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: General
Received: 2014/01/12 | Accepted: 2014/01/12