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Inducing Effects of Illegal Drugs to Improve Mental Health by the Self-Regulation Therapy: A Pilot Study

Version 1 : Received: 5 September 2021 / Approved: 7 September 2021 / Online: 7 September 2021 (17:01:06 CEST)

How to cite: Amigó, S. Inducing Effects of Illegal Drugs to Improve Mental Health by the Self-Regulation Therapy: A Pilot Study. Preprints 2021, 2021090134 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0134.v1). Amigó, S. Inducing Effects of Illegal Drugs to Improve Mental Health by the Self-Regulation Therapy: A Pilot Study. Preprints 2021, 2021090134 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0134.v1).

Abstract

Background: This study consists of a brief psychological intervention, which uses the Self-Regulation Therapy (SRT, procedure based on suggestion and classical conditioning), to improve coping with stress and emotionality by reproducing the positive effects of illegal drugs: cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy. Method: 15 volunteers (8 males, 7 females), with a mean age of 24.67 (SD = 4.43), underwent intervention to improve their coping with stress and emotionality using SRT. They carried out pre- and post-intervention scores for 10 days and during a 4-week fol-low-up. The employed instruments were: COPE (Coping Skills Inventory) and PNAS (Positive and Negative Affect Schedule). Results: SRT was superior to non-intervention for the 4 coping strategies (2= .829, .453, .411 and .606) and for positive (2= .371) and negative emotionality (2= .419). An improvement in scores was evidenced in the follow-up scores compared to the pre-intervention measures. Conclusions: This study shows for the first time that it is possible to use illegal drugs, considered harmful to public health, to improve young people’s coping capacity and emotionality by reproducing their positive effects with SRT.

Keywords

Self-Regulation Therapy; coping strategies; emotionality; drugs

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