The aim of our study was to investigate the knowledge, opinion and attitude of psychiatrists about drug addicts and their treatment. A total of 118 psychiatrists (40% male, average age is 44.4 years) have been asked via an anonymous questionnaire in 2001. Two thirds of the surveyed professionals (67.5%) prefer other cases than addict patients, and 74.8% prefers alcohol patients to drug addicts. Most of the professionals consider drug addiction as something not characteristically a psychiatric problem. They do rather suggest carrying out detoxification at internal-intensive units, while rehabilitation as a combination of psychiatric and social care. Beside the rejection of drug patients we have identified many gaps in the knowledge of psychiatrists about addiction related issues. In view of the present results it seems necessary to provide education for psychiatrists about addiction related issues and also to try to increase their acceptance of drug addict clients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health