Factors affecting the readmission of patients recovering from drug addiction

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kulnaree Hanpatchaiyakul
Naowarat Kasemporn
Pasinee Thoin
Nuanlaoong Thongkote


Background: The relapse rate of patients recovering from drug addiction is a serious problem that affects both physical and mental health leading to serious social problems.

Objectives: 1) To study the perception of risk factors and perceived barriers to treatment of patients recovering from drug addiction, 2) to study factors affecting the readmission of patients recovering from drug addiction, and 3) to develop guidelines for the prevention of relapse for patients recovering from drug addiction.

Methods: A mixed-method design was applied in this study. The sample of this study consisted of 123 patients recovering from drug addiction who had no mental health problem. Data were analyzed using chi-square and binary logistic regression.

Results: Two risk factors were significantly a related to the readmission of patients recovering from drug addiction were unemployment and craving symptoms. Suggestions for helping patients recovering from addiction include prioritizing patients such as those in vulnerable groups, those who are at risk of relapse, and those who have a history of drug addiction relapse for several times. The suggestions should include the comprehensive treatment of drug addiction that would include community participation, strengthening the referral system and the follow-up process.

Conclusions:  Research knowledge can be used to develop guidelines of drug relapse prevention.


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Hanpatchaiyakul, kulnaree, Kasemporn, N., Thoin, P., & Thongkote, N. (2021). Factors affecting the readmission of patients recovering from drug addiction. JOURNAL OF HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH, 15(2), 1-12. Retrieved from https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JHR/article/view/247142
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