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Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2006;32(4):665-72.

The impact of 9/11 on patients in New York City's substance abuse treatment programs.

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  • 1New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, New Yor, New York, USA. tracey@eckersley.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This article assesses the impact of the attacks on 9/11 in New York City on drug use, relapse, and mental health from the perspective of drug users and patients in substance abuse treatment programs.

METHODS:

Structured interviews were conducted with 16 administrators and 75 randomly selected patients at 15 substance abuse treatment programs in New York City from December 2002 to April 2003.

RESULTS:

Drug use and relapse was a significant issue on and after 9/11. While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was related to drug use, other preexisting mental health problems were not. Men were more likely to relapse than women; however, women were more emotionally affected by events following 9/11.

CONCLUSIONS:

The attacks on 9/11 may have contributed to relapse among drug users and exacerbated existing mental health problems among patients with a history of concurrent drug use and mental illness.

PMID:
17127555
DOI:
10.1080/00952990600919435
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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