The Impact of Addiction on Family Members Mental Health Status

Author(s): Farshid Shamsaei*, Mohammad Baanavi, Zahra Marzieh Hassanian, Fatemeh Cheraghi.

Journal Name: Current Drug Research Reviews
Formerly: Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Volume 11 , Issue 2 , 2019

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Background: Effects of substance abuse frequently expand beyond the nuclear family. Extended family members can experience feelings of abandonment, anxiety, fear, anger, concern, embarrassment, or guilt. Thus, they may wish to ignore or cut ties with the person involved in substance abuse. The aim of this study was to compare the mental health status of families with and without substance abusers.

Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted among 114 family members with substance abusers (case group) and 114 without substance abusers (control group) in Hamadan city of Iran, in a time period from October to December 2016. Data collection tools included demographic and SCL-90-R questionnaires. Data were analyzed by t- test using SPSS software version 16. The significance level was considered less than 0.05.

Results: The mean age of participants in the case and control groups was 33±4.7 and 35±5.2 years. There was a significant difference in the mean of subscales which included somatization, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety and phobia in families with and without substance abusers (p< 0.001). In other words, the mental health status of family members with a substance abuser was lower than in the control group. Overall, 29.4% of family members with substance abusers and 16% without substance abusers were suspected to have mental disorders.

Conclusion: Substance abuse is a disorder that can impact families in countless ways. Therefore, it is recommended that more attention should be given to this group toward planning mental health programs. Also, families should be screened by health professionals in regard to psychological needs and improvement of their mental health conditions.

Keywords: Substance abuse, family, mental health, alcohol abuse, SPSS-16 software, psychological disorders.

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Year: 2019
Page: [129 - 134]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/2589977511666190319162901
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