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Substance abuse is out of control. We are quick to medicate for every unpleasant situation in our lives. Screening is very important but not realistic because of the very fine line of functional and abusive behavior. Who makes that decision? If I “popped“ 10 pills every morning just to make it through the day I would be comatose whereas others who don’t take their medication would not even be able to leave their houses.

Original Post
December 30, 2009
Title: Substance Abuse
Although there are mild cases, substance abuse can be a major problem that leads to other issues such as child abuse, elder abuse, or sexual assault. These issues are reasons that make substance abuse a serious problem. Substance abusers should put this under control as soon as possible. Alcohol treatment programs are designed to help those that want and need help be successful at this. As a nurse, assessment skills are imperative in diagnosing a substance abuse problem. Skills in the assessment of mental health cannot be forgotten, since they focus on emotional and psychological well being. A good mental health assessment could reveal the underlying problem(s) of substance abuse.

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