An inquiry into the relationship between drug users’ psychological situations and their drug-taking behaviour

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Original languageEnglish
Article number12730
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number23
Online published2 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

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Abstract

In view of the research gap whereby few studies have investigated the inner psychological situations underlying continuous drug use, this study used the Soulmate Scale to investigate the relationship between soulmate experience and drug-taking behaviour. Overall, 276 participants took part in this study. Results showed that soulmate experience was negatively related to drugtaking behaviour, which means that being psychologically attached to drugs and receiving comfort from them encourages dependency and a higher level of difficulty in quitting drugs. In addition, soulmate experience significantly mediated the effect of meaning of life and social isolation on drugs, suggesting that when such psychological bonding and sustenance can be developed in interpersonal relationships instead of drugs, drug users are likely to develop the meaning of life and a lower sense of social isolation, and are more likely to quit drugs. The corresponding implications were discussed.

Research Area(s)

  • Drug treatment, Drug use, Family, Significant others, Soulmate, Therapy

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An inquiry into the relationship between drug users’ psychological situations and their drug-taking behaviour. / Lee, Gabriel Kwun Wa; Chan, Gloria; Lo, Tit Wing; Yeung, Jerf W. K.; Tam, Cherry H. L.; Guan, Xin.

In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 18, No. 23, 12730, 12.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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