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The Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Group Therapy on Feelings of Loneliness and Life Satisfaction among Drug-abusing Married Men: Mohammad KhodayarifardAlfred Pritz & Nahid Hoseininezhad

Abstract: Drug addiction is one of the prevalent aberrations in the present era, which puts lots of victims to death and imposes a heavy burden on families and societies. The purpose of the present study was to interpret the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy on feeling of loneliness and life satisfaction among drug-abusing married men. The study was a quasi-experimental research using pretest-posttest design with control group. Statistical population of the study included all the addict married men who were hospitalized in Shiraz’ drug rehabilitation camps in the summer and fall of 2014. Employing convenience sampling method, 30 drug-using married men were selected; then, they were randomly assigned to experimental group (15 individuals) and control group (15 individuals). Data collection was performed by means of Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), and Social and Emotional Loneliness Scale for Adults (SELSA-S). The obtained data were analyzed using SPSS software with analysis of covariance. Findings showed that Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy has a significant effect on feeling of loneliness and life satisfaction among drug-abusing married men; and there was a significant difference between pre-test and post-test. Considering the findings of this study. It can be concluded that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seems necessary for helping the drug addicts improve.
Keywords: CBT, Loneliness, Life satisfaction, Drug abuse

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