Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance use disorder (SUD) is rampant across the length and breadth of the United States, afflicting millions of people regardless of their culture and occupations, including the world of nursing. According to the official journal of the American Nurse Today (ANT), approximately 10-15 pertcent of the nursing population or one in 10 nurses is struggling with a drug or an alcohol addiction or are in recovery. Compared to the general population, nurses develop dependence and addiction to substances because of easy access to drugs. Read more

Cannabis-induced psychosis is lower than previously believed, finds new study

Cannabis-induced psychosis is lower than previously believed, finds new study

A psychotic experience (psychosis) is characterized by hallucinations, delusions and inconsistent behavior. People who suffer from psychosis are unable to distinguish between psychotic symptoms and real-life situations. Although psychosis is frequently believed to be a symptom of schizophrenia, it can be indicative of other mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder and chronic depression. Psychosis may also be triggered by Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors and cerebrovascular accident (stroke), or due to the effect of certain medicines, alcohol and drugs. Read more

Ins and outs of drug abuse – 2: Treatment approaches to drug addiction

Ins and outs of drug abuse – 2: Treatment approaches to drug addiction

Drug addiction is a chronic illness characterized by cravings for drugs at regular intervals. The disease affects the brains and behavior of addicts. The changes that occur in the brain due to drug abuse can be harmful and long-lasting. However, a person may not be able to stop taking a substance even if he/she wants to. Read more

Mental illness and addiction

Mental illness and addiction

People of any age, gender, ethnicity or economic status are vulnerable to becoming addicted to drugs. Young people may try drugs initially due to peer pressure and the need to fit in with friends. Adults can become unintentionally addicted when they encounter difficulty discontinuing prescribed pain medication following injury or surgery. Read more

Mental illness, dual diagnosis and substance abuse

Mental illness, dual diagnosis and substance abuse

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) reports that there is a definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances. Many patients with anxiety,   depression or other common mental illnesses turn to drugs or alcohol in the mistaken belief that these substances will ease their emotional distress. Read more