To evaluate the relationship between the tendency to relapse of drug addicts in detention centers and their motivation to change addictive behaviors. Methods: Semi-structured interviews using two instruments, the "Relapse Tendency Assessment Record" and the "Stage of Motivation Form," were conducted by senior psychiatrists to assess 470 drug addicts. Results: 1. Most of the drug addicts were found to be in the pre-contemplation stage (78.82%). 2. The tendency to relapse and their motivation to change addictive behaviors were not significantly correlated. 3. Among the 11 assessment items, the "drug-related criminal justice records" and "withdrawal symptoms" accounted for 69% of the variance in tendency to relapse, but only "short-term recidivism" (p<0.05) and "injection drug use" (p<0.01) were significantly correlated to motivation to change. Conclusions: The tendency to relapse did not clearly reflect the drug addicts' motivation to change. The scores for the "drug-related criminal justice records" and "withdrawal symptoms" items were excessively weighted, had no significant correlation with motivation to change, and affected the result of assessment. In the future, we suggest more weighting of the scores for "short-term recidivism" and "injection drug use" in the "Relapse Tendency Assessment Record" to increase the accuracy of the overall assessment.
|Translated title of the contribution||Assessment of Motivations of Drug Addicts in Detention Centers to Change Their Addictive Behaviors|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Taiwan Journal of Public Health|
|State||Published - 1 Feb 2009|
- Involuntary detoxification in detention center
- Motivation to change