Counselling Utilization Experiences among Methadone Maintenance Treatment Clients in Rural and Small Urban Communities

  • Nichole D. Pickett University of New Brunswick
  • José Domene University of New Brunswick
Keywords: Addiction, Methadone Maintenance Treatment, Counselling

Abstract

As a result of growing rates of opiate dependence in Atlantic Canada, numerous methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) and associated counselling programs have been implemented. A qualitative study employed semistructured interviews to examine the counselling utilization experiences of 7 participants (4 males, 3 females) who were receiving MMT. Four salient themes were identified using an interpretive thematic analysis strategy, and results suggest that counselling was a beneficial supplement to methadone, but challenges existed with its implementation. Implications on how to improve the efficacy of available counselling are identified and discussed.

Author Biography

Nichole D. Pickett, University of New Brunswick

Nichole D. Pickett is currently employed with the Department of Student Affairs, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar as a Student Counsellor. Her research interests include addiction, development and evaluation of counselling based interventions for individuals with addictions concerns, and the impact of stigma on treatment participation.

Published
2013-12-27
How to Cite
Pickett, N. D., & Domene, J. (2013). Counselling Utilization Experiences among Methadone Maintenance Treatment Clients in Rural and Small Urban Communities. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 48(1). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/60918
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