Wiedza i postawy psychiatrów wobec osób uzależnionych od substancji psychoaktywnych
oraz sposoby ich leczenia na Węgrzech [Knowledge of and Attitudes About Drug Addicts
and Their Treatment Among Psychiatrists in Hungary]
Objective: To investigate the knowledge, opinion and attitude of Hungarian psychiatrists
about drug addicts and their treatment. Methods: A total of 118 psychiatrists (40%
male, average age 44.4 years) were administered an anonymous questionnaire in 2001.
Results: Two thirds of the surveyed professionals (68%) preferred other cases than
addicted patients, and 75% preferred alcohol patients to drug addicts. Most of the
professionals considered drug addiction as something not particularly psychiatric.
They rather suggest detoxification at internal-intensive units followed by rehabilitation
as a combination of psychiatric and social care. In addition to the rejection of drug
addicted patients, several gaps in the knowledge of psychiatrists about addiction
related issues were identified. Conclusion: In view of the present results it seems
necessary to provide more education for psychiatrist about addiction related issues
and also training to increase their acceptance of and responsibility for drug addict