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Esmaeilinejad Hasaroeih F, Shahrahmani N, Ahmadi A, Mirzaee M, Alidousti K, Hashemian M. Effect of Motivational Enhancement Therapy on Patterns of Substance Abuse in Postpartum Women: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Holist Nurs Midwifery 2022; 32 (3) :219-226
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1- Midwifery Counseling (MSc), Department of Midwifery,Razi Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.
2- PhD Candidate of Reproductive Health, Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Razi Nursing and Midwifery, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.
3- Assistant Professor, Department of Midwifery, Nursing Research Center, Faculty of Razi Nursing and Midwifery, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.
4- Associate professor, Modeling in Health Research Center, Institute for Futures Studies in Health,Kerman University of Medical Sciences,Kerman.Iran.
5- MSc in Midwifery, Neuroscience Research Center, Institute of Neuropharmacology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran. , alidoosti@kmu.ac.ir
6- Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Shahid Bahonar Hospital, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.
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Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is an important social and public health concern worldwide [1]. According to the report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2018, 269 million people in the world use at least one type of drug or psychotropic substance per year. In Iran, more than four million people aged 15-64 years are suffering from SUD [2]. In Iranian women, it has increased in the last decade from 5% to 10% [3]. The worldwide prevalence of cannabis, amphetamine, cocaine, and opioid use has been reported 0.14%, 0.18%, 0.06%, and 0.14 in women and 0.23, 0.31, 0.14 and 0.31% in men, respectively. In the US, 12.8% of males and 7.3% of females aged 12 and older had illicit drug use in 2015. Males reported the use of marijuana (10.9% vs. 6%), cocaine (0.8% vs. 0.4%), and hallucinogens (0.6% vs. 0.3%) more than females [4].
SUD is one of the potential dangers for women during prepartum and postpartum periods [5]. Although 6-8% of Iranian women have at least one substance use disorder [6], its prevalence among pregnant women is 3-50% [7]. In pregnant mothers, it can be a risk factor for their child’s health [8]. Mothers with SUD may give birth to infants with many health problems whose treatments can be costly [9]. Accidental poisoning with substances such as methadone in children is a big problem for families with addicted members [10]. In a study, it was concluded that SUD during pregnancy and lactation can reduce the duration of exclusive breastfeeding; hence, preventive training programs in pregnancy should be focused on decreasing the use of such substances [11]. 
For SUD treatment, various therapeutic methods have been proposed including medication therapy, psychotherapy, counseling, cognitive therapy, family therapy, supportive groups, social skills training, and therapeutic community approaches. Motivational interviewing is a patient-centered approach for strengthening and enhancing the intrinsic motivation for change by discovering, identifying, and resolving ambivalence [12]. Of these approaches is the Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) [13]. There are four steps in MET including engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning. In this approach, clinicians help clients go through focusing, and encouraging them to change. Stimulating and motivating the patient to talk is an important step in this therapy [14]. By comparison of the effectiveness of MET and cognitive-behavioral therapy in reducing risky prepartum and postpartum behaviors, studies have confirmed the efficacy of both treatments in reducing the number of high-risk behaviors [1516]. Osterman et al. reported that MET may be effective in reducing alcohol and illicit drug use in pregnant substance users [17]. As SUD in postpartum women seriously and negatively affects couples, children, and society, health care providers should pay serious attention to its risk. Hence, given scant research on the effect of MET on patterns of SUD among postpartum women, the present study aims to determine the impact of MET on SUD in postpartum women in Kerman, Iran.
Materials and Methods
In this clinical trial, the study population included all females with SUD admitted to the labor ward of a hospital in Kerman in 2019. Of these, 60 addicted women were selected in the study. Based on a study by Soheili et al. [18], and consdiering α=0.05,P1=0.05, P2=0, the sample size was detemined 30 for each group. The participants were selected by a convenience sampling method based on inclusion criteria and randomly assigned into two groups. The inclusion criteria were: being in the postpartum period, age 15-45, willingness to participate in the study and declaring consent, and having SUD according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders- 5th edition (DSM-5). The exclusion criteria were: absence from one session, committing a crime, and using other counseling services. During the study period, of 962 women referred for vaginal delivery, 97 had SUD. Of these, 60 women were eligible to enter the study (Figure 1) who were selected from the postpartum unit of the hospital.
The purpose of the study was explained to them, and they signed an informed consent form. Sampling was done from February to April 2019.
The instrument was a researcher-made questionnaire designed based on literature [1920], and experts’ opinions. The first part of this tool surveys demographic information (age, number of children, couples’ educational level, marital status, couples’ occupation, history of criminal conviction, daily income of the head of the family, the first abused drugs, the reason for the first drug abuse, and age at onset of drug abuse). The second part was a checklist with 6 items assessing the pattern of drug abuse including type of drug (opium, poppy juice, heroin, alcohol, buprenorphine, cigarette, cocaine and methadone), method of use (injection, oral, inhaled, and smoking( frequency of use (daily, weekly, and monthly), and the amount of drug (milligram, gram, tablet, and spoon) taken in 24 hours. All items are answered by Yes or No. Ten experts including three psychologists, three psychiatrists, two midwives, and two gynecologists reviewed the content of the checklist items to determine its qualitative and quantitative content validity. Since the content validity index was equal to 0.80 and the content validity ratio was 0.80, the content validity of the checklist was confirmed. Since the checklist was developed mostly based on the robust data reported by the Iranian Welfare Organization about the frequency, amount, and pattern of substance abuse, there was no need to measure the reliability of the instrument. However, for more confidence, the inter-rater reliability of the checklist was examined. For this purpose, the checklist was completed simultaneously by two raters for ten patients and it was observed that both raters marked the checklist items similarly. It should be noted that another expert completed the checklist for both groups who was blind to the allocation of patients.
In the first intervention week, the participants who referred to the postpartum unit on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday were included in the intervention group, and those who referred on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday were included in the control group. The participants were assigned to the opposite group in the second intervention week. The participants in the interventional group attended four individual counseling sessions and received four telephone follow-ups. The two first sessions were held in the hospital. The other two sessions were held on the third and tenth postpartum days in the health center (Table 1).

All sessions were held in an appropriate room by a researcher expert in counseling in midwifery. The control group received routine care and usual recommendations on the adverse outcomes of SUD. The participants in both groups completed the checklist as the post-test assessment again one month after the intervention. 
The collected data were analyzed in SPSS v. 22 software. A P<0.05 was considered statistically significant. Descriptive statistics (frequency, percentage, mean, and standard deviation) were used to describe the demographic characteristics. The McNemar’s test, paired t-test, independent t-test, Fisher’s exact test, and chi-square test were used to compare the two groups in terms of the efficacy of MET intervention. 
The mean age of participants were 29.25±5.89 years. The majority of them were housewives (93.3% in intervention group and 90% in the control group) with elementary education (60% in the intervention group and 80% in the control group) living with their husbands (83.3% in the intervention group and 83.3% in the control group). Their husbands had mostly elementary education and temporary jobs. Opium was the first drug used by the majority of women (80% in the intervention group and 73.3% in the control group). Home was the first place for durg abuse in most cases (86.6% in the intervention group and 80% in the control group). The majority of women in both groups had no history of criminal conviction (20% in the intervention group and 23.3% in the control group). No statistically significant difference was found between the two groups in terms of demographic variables (Table 2). 

All substances were consumed by inhalation or orally. After the intervention, the most common method of use for opium in the intervention (n=60, 25%) and control (n=18,75%) groups and for poppy juice in the intervention and control groups (n=5, 50% in both) was inhalation. However, the most common method for methadone use in the intervention (n=12, 70.6%) and control (n=5, 29.4%) groups was oral method. Inhalation was also the most common method for cocaine use in both groups percentage and frequency of other cases have not been reported due to lack of aggregated and individual. The results of Fisher test showed no statistically significant difference between the two groups in terms of the method of drug use after MET. The majority of mothers in both groups were using drugs daily; a small number of them had weekly or monthly use. Poppy juice was mostly used daily in the intervention (n=4, 44%) and control (n=5, 55.6%) groups similar to opium (n=7, 29.2% in the intervention group; n=17, 70.8% in the control group), and cocaine (n=2, 66.7% in the intervention; n=1, 33.3% in the control group). The results of Fisher test showed no statistically significant difference between the two groups after MET regarding how often women used drugs.
There was no significant difference in the number of drug users between the two groups after the intervention except for opium (P=0.04) and methadone (P=0.03). The number of women who used opium decreased after MET, but there was an increase in the number of methadone users after MET. This indicates that women in the intervention group changed their substance to a safer one (from opium to methadone) (Table 3).

Amount of drug usage before and after the intervention was not statistically different except for opium (P=0.04) and methadone (P=0.02) according to the results of t-test; opium and methadone usage decreased significantly in the intervention group (Table 4).

The present study revealed that MET could not affect the patterns of substance abuse in postpartum women, except in the number of opium and methadone users and the amount of opium and methadone use. The most common substances used by women were opium, poppy juice, methadone, methamphetamine, heroin, alcohol, and cigarettes. Abasi and Mohammadkhani reported similar results. The most commonly used substances in their study were opium, heroin, cannabis, and poppy juice. According to them, the use of new drugs such as methamphetamine, marijuana, and cocaine has significantly increased in the world, but opium and its derivatives remain the most commonly used drugs in Iran [6]. Perhaps the reason for the desire to use opium and its derivatives in Iran, is their availability, reasonable price, and quality. Researchers believe that physical pain, pleasure, curiosity, lack of emotional relationships, marital and psychological problems, family tensions, substance availability, and peer pressure are the reasons for drug abuse among women in Iran [19, 2021]. However, in the present study, husbands’ addiction was the first reason for drug abuse among the women, which indicates the impact of spouses on each other.
The results of one study showed that MET combined with pharmacotherapy was effective in changing alcohol use [22]. MET was also reported to be effective in preventing relapse to substance use after treatment [23]. Intervention with MET in a clinical trial on 200 pregnant women reduced alcohol and drug use [17]. The results of the present study are consistent with these findings. Another clinical trial showed that MET could improve the readiness to change the pattern of methamphetamine use in adolescents [24]. Although this study was performed on adolescents, it supports the results of the present study. Osterman et al. showed a significant reduction in alcohol use after MET among pregnant women [17]. The results of Windsor et al. showed the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy in reducing substance use [25]. However, in our study MET could only change the type of used substance from opium to methadone and decreased the amount of methadone use in postpartum women. Postpartum conditions, lactation, the hospital environment, and a short interval between sessions could be the reasons for not achieving all the study goals. People struggling with SUD often have doubts about their addiction which can make them decide whether to seek treatment or ignore it. Those who decide to receive treatment may still be reluctant and change their mind. Although they seriously tend to change themselves, after a while they may relapse to substance use [26]. Change in pattern of substance use is not a one-dimensional phenomenon, but a multifaceted phenomenon, consisting of social, cultural, family, and economic dimensions. The counseling method used in this study has been specifically developed as one of the three interventions tested in the 1993 Multilevel Approach toward Community Health plan and includes a comprehensive clinical study of drug abuse and alcohol dependence [2728]. 
One of the limitations of the study was that only women with vaginal birth participated in the study and women with cesarean section refused to cooperate. One of the strengths of the study was that women easily confessed their addiction and asked for help for their newborns. Based on the results of this study, it can be concluded that MET is effective in changing the type of used substance from opium to methadone and can reduce the amount of methadone use in postpartum women with SUD. Therefore, motivational interviews can be used along with other methods for the treatment of SUD in women after delivery. It is recommended to study stopping substance abuse during pregnancy and to assess its effect on the growth and development of newborns.
Ethical Considerations
Compliance with ethical guidelines

This study has an ethical approval obtained from Kerman University of Medical Sciences (code: IR.KMU.REC.1397.213) and registered by Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials (ID: IRCT20151103024866N13). All participatnts signed the informed consent form.
This study was supported by Neuroscience Research Center, Institute of Neuropharmacology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman
Authors' contributions
Fatemeh Esmaeilinejad Hasaroeih and Katayoun Alidousti designed the study and drafted the manuscript; Atefeh Ahmadi prepared the counselling package; Nasim Shahrahmani collected data; Moghaddameh Mirzaee condcuted data analysis; Morteza Hashemian was responsible to manage the probable side effects of change in substance type/amount. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Conflict of interest
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest in this study.
The authors would like to thank the Deputy for Research of Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Afzalipour Hospital, and all women who participated in this research for their support and cooperation.

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Received: 2021/04/28 | Accepted: 2022/02/20 | Published: 2022/07/1

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