The Effect of Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Program for Control of Re-craving Heroin Use Disorder Patients in ThanyarakPattani Hospital


  • Moonjuntee T, Waejuna A, Chaiyakul N


Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy, Craving, Heroin, Psycho-bio-social program


The purpose of this quasi-experimental, two-groups pre-test and post-test study was to 1. Compare craving control inreturning to use heroin in heroin clients between before and after in one group receiving Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Counseling program (REBT-Counseling) and in the other group receiving conventional program (psychobiosocial therapy)2. Compare craving control in returning to use heroin between the REBT-Counseling group and conventional program group. All clients were getting methadone treatment more than one month and being on OPD rehabilitation program in Thanyarak Pattani Hospital between March 1st and May 31th 2014. The sample comprised 24 persons with heroin dependence who sought treatment at the psychiatric clinic and met the selection criteria. The research used purposive sampling method. Data consists of two parts. The first part is for collecting for general information: sex, age, marital status, home town, education, occupation, income, narcotic history. The socond part is for craving questions. Data were analysed using frequency distribution, percentage, median, minimum and maximum. Comparison of re-craving control used T-Test statisties using T- Test. After REBT-Counseling,heroin clients had significantly less craving than before (p=0.001), also after conventional program heroin clients had significatly less craving than before (p=0.001) REBT-Counseling group had significantly less craving than the conventional group (p<0.001) Compare before and after counseling both REBT-Counseling, and conventional program can help heroin client to reduce craving significantly than before participition to the program. Also REBT-Counseling can reduce craving significantly than the conventional program group.


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Moonjuntee T, Waejuna A, Chaiyakul N. The Effect of Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Program for Control of Re-craving Heroin Use Disorder Patients in ThanyarakPattani Hospital. j dept med ser [Internet]. 2019 Oct. 1 [cited 2022 Sep. 28];44(5):145-9. Available from:



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