Avatar-Based Recovery: An Alternative Substance Abuse Treatment | 4149
Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy
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With 56% prevalence of HIV-infection among IDUs, the City initiated a MMT program on May 19th, 2008. By the end
of 2011, more than 1,200 patients had been admitted to the program. They were provided a comprehensive care system, including
medical treatment, HIV referral, linkages, and counseling. The counseling services is an important component of the program
as it helps patients to be psychologically stable during a long-term treatment. This paper presents patients satisfaction with the
counseling services delivered in the program.
A total of 250 patients participated in the study (22 in dose-probing stage, 19 in dose-adjusting stage, 28 in dose-stabling
stage, and 181 in dose-maintenance stage) in HCMC. A self-administered questionnaire was utilized to evaluate the level of patient
satisfaction with the programs counseling services. counselors are trained with the knowledge of psychological and social counseling
to patients being MMT treatment.
Out of the 250 patients with 88% expressed that they were satisfied with counseling services they received, 91.6% felt
confident to ask for advice from their counselors, 84% had good relationships 91% felt comfortable to share their feelings and
personal issues with their counselors, and 92% indicated that the counseling services they received met their needs. Among the
surveyed patients, 94.4% indicated that their counselors were willing to listen to their thoughts and aspirations, 84% said that if they
got health problems they were promptly provided referral services to a clinician promptly, 89% believed that the counseling approach
Results from the study indicated that the counseling activities in the program in HCMC were highly appreciated and
satisfying by the patients in the program. The counselors must be specifically trained to counsel the participants in the program who
are at different stages of IDUs.
Professor Ru-Band Lu had his MD from National Defense Medical center, and then received full resident training in Tri-service General Hospital as well as a faculty (lecture) in National Defense Medical Center. He worked as a clinical fellowship of psychopharmacologist in Baylor Medical College, Huston for a year and then in Tri-service General Hospital and National Defense Medical Center after hes going back home. Since then, he started his studies in molecular genetics and built up treatment model in multiple substance dependence/addiction. He has found the neuroimmunological changes using off-label drugs in opioid dependence/addiction and built up a new model in treating substance dependence/addiction
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