Determining the Effects of Psychosocial and Spiritual Support Among Patients With Substance Abuse: A Scoping Review release_igflhnttv5hfxkfs2zvgtjcsu4

by Nor Asiah Muhamad, Siti Nurhani Rafan, Nor Soleha Mohd Dali, Norni Abdullah, Norliza Chemi, Hanisah Shafie, Vikneswari Ayadurai, Ruziaton Hasim, Nor Anizah Muzaid, Vengketeswara Rao, Mohammed Faizal Bakhtiar, Salmah Noordin

Published in Global Journal of Health Science by Canadian Center of Science and Education.

2020   Volume 12, p48


Substance use disorder (SUD) has both social and public health problems with a substantial burden to society. SUD is a type of mental illness and has been described as a chronic relapsing disease. Treatments for SUD may include among others, psychosocial rehabilitation as a provision to comprehensive treatment to address the social and behavioral issues. These psychosocial components can address the issues of morality, spirituality, and religion. Religion and spirituality are believed to support SUD clients in the reduction of drug use, other associated high-risk behaviors, and criminal issues. In promoting treatment retention, it is important to reduce the drug use, maintain abstinence, and influence the self-esteem and coping ability of SUD clients. Hence, this review was conducted to determine the effects of psychosocial and spiritual support towards clients with substance abuse problem. We had followed the framework from Arksey and O’Malley’s scoping review in identifying published studies from specific databases to be included in this review. A total of 8560 articles from various databases were screened. After removing duplicates, two authors independently screened 244 titles and abstracts. A total of eighteen articles were included in the final review. Out of eighteen studies, seventeen studies found that psychosocial support and spiritual needs have positive effect among substance abuse clients. Psychosocial and spiritual supports are beneficial among SUD clients due to various potential factors, such as religious reasons, personal beliefs or philosophical reasons, safety concerns, and a desire for improvements from substance abuse.
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