Aim: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between addiction severity and health literacy in cases of substance use disorder.
Methods: A total of 60 cases with substance use disorders were evaluated. The severity addiction was determined using the Addiction Profile Index Short Form (API diagnosed with substance use disorder and showing symptoms of severe addiction and 30 participants who did not show symptoms of severe addict and the Health Literacy Scale were administered to all participants.
Results: All cases were male and the average age was 25.87±4.88 years. Rates of polysubstance use disorder (X2 =4.34, p=0.037), metham (X2 =4.29, p=0.038), and cannabinoid use disorder (X severely and mildly dependent cases. No significant relationship (r= the HLS-SF and API-SF scores in the severely addicted cases. A significant negative relationship between the scores (r=-0.42, p=0.021) was present in the cases with mildly levels of addiction. Multivariate Binary Logistic Regression Analysis revealed that an increase in HLS addiction at a statistically significant level (OR = 0.94, p = 0.043).
Conclusions: Increasing health literacy may be useful in reducing severe substance use in addicted individuals.