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The Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy in Reducing Craving among Methamphetamine Abusers Living with HIV/AIDS

Farzad Jalali*, Seyedeh F Hashemi and Alireza Hasani

Background: This study aimed to determine the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral group therapy in reducing craving among methamphetamine abusers living with HIV/AIDS.

Methods: The study design was quasi-experimental with pre-test, post-test, follow-up and control group.

Objective: Sixty methamphetamine abusers living with HIV/AIDS were selected by convenience sampling. They were randomly assigned to the experimental and control groups. The experimental group received the cognitive-behavioral group therapy, while the control group did not. The research measurement instrument comprised the Desire for Drug Questionnaire (DDQ). Multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) models was employed to test the study hypothesis.

Results: The results showed that methamphetamine craving reduced among the abusers living with HIV/AIDS.

Conclusion: So, the principle and techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy and the benefits of group therapy have an effect on craving among methamphetamine abusers living with HIV/AIDS.