Insight On My Community Experience

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Insight on My Community Experience
July 19, 2015
Pauline Nguyen
Professor Macaraeg

This paper explores a nursing student’s first hand experience interacting with substance dependent addicts from a volunteer’s perspective. The student completed a total of 15 hours of community service all around the Orange County area in order to have a better insight on what these type of people, who one day may be their patient, have to live and go through. The main goal of this assignment is focused on the student’s understanding of the mentally ill individual in hopes of preparing them to become the best caregiver they can be.

Before entering this term, I honestly did not know what to expect. I tackled my community service hours with an open-mind and I finished able to identify nursing roles, responsibilities and activities in the community setting. To begin with, I attended my first Narcotics Anonymous meeting with a classmate. Is drug addiction a mental illness you may ask? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the answer is yes. This is because addiction changes the brain in fundamental ways, disturbing a person’s normal hierarchy of needs and desires and substituting new priorities connected with obtaining and using the drug (Drug Abuse, 2010). As a matter of fact, the DSM includes criteria for drug use disorders, which has two types. These include drug abuse and drug dependence.
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