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
Drug addiction affects a person psychologically and socially. Addiction is analogous to casting a net that ensnares friends, family members, employers, clinicians and society as a whole. Addiction disrupts attendance at work or school, may contribute to criminal activity and subsequent trouble with the law and can result in financial ruin when money for necessities is being spent on drugs.
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