An examination of the self-medication hypothesis via treatment completion

Lacey Lagoni, Erin Crawford, Matthew T. Huss

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Abstract

A long-held clinical belief is that many of the mentally ill seek relief from their symptoms through the use of alcohol and other illicit substances. The notion of self-medication became formalized in the literature via the self-medication hypothesis (SMH) of addictive disorders (Khantzian, 1985). This study attempted to examine the role of treatment completion for the SMH by examining 696 participants in a dual diagnosis program. Logistic regressions were conducted using mental health demographic variables on drug of choice. In addition, this study extended previous research by employing a path analytic process and examining the complex relationships between these variables in the context of treatment completion. Results indicated little support for the presence of self-medication in this sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-426
Number of pages11
JournalAddiction Research and Theory
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

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Self Medication
Dual (Psychiatry) Diagnosis
Mentally Ill Persons
Therapeutics
Mental Health
Logistic Models
Alcohols
Demography
Research
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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An examination of the self-medication hypothesis via treatment completion. / Lagoni, Lacey; Crawford, Erin; Huss, Matthew T.

In: Addiction Research and Theory, Vol. 19, No. 5, 10.2011, p. 416-426.

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