When referring to quality of life for an individual with substance abuse, also referred to as substance use disorder (SUD), through practice and research, the nurse is able to identify, test, and apply interventions that promote quality of life (QOL). According to Lubkin and Larsen (2013), “Application of research findings to an individual’s quality of life enables nurses in clinical practice to plan and deliver evidence-based care” (p. 183). With the use of evidence base practice, the nursing interventions can be individualized to the preferences and values of the client, which will ensure better adherence to along term commitment plan. Quality of life assessments can be used to evaluate the impact of substance abuse on the client and their
In conclusion, the variables that exist within the issue of elderly substance abuse and misuse are multifaceted. Although many medications both prescribed and illicit have the potential to lead to addiction, some are more prevalently abused than others. Per a study done by
As a healthcare professional, we are responsible for the delivery of high quality patient care. Substance abuse among nurses is an issue that threatens professional standards and can lead to poor patient outcomes (Rohma,2012). According to Healthy People 2020, an estimated 22 million Americans struggled with drug or alcohol abuse in the year 2005 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS],2013). Given that the nurses have easy access to controlled substances, this population is likely to be higher than the general public.
This issue troubles me every time, even when I try not to think about it, and turn my mind away from it. Addiction is not what just happened, it takes time, creep in slowly without you knowing you getting addicted to it. Most times people don’t know they getting addicted to something, I believe everybody is addicted to something, I sometimes call love addiction because when you love somebody you will always want to be with that person.
Substance abuse which involve drugs, alcohol, or both affects the health of individuals, families, and communities nationwide. It remains one of the most complex public health issue in the nation. According to Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicator? Webinar on substance abuse, about 8.5 % of the population suffer from substance abuse dependence or abuse. In addition, the overall cost of substance abuse including lost productivity, health, and crime related costs the nation more than 600 billion dollars annually. Substance abuse contributes to all sort of negative consequences to individuals and society including increased morbidity and mortality, family distractions, financial issues, domestic violence, child abuse, and crime. Several intervention
Drug abuse continuum is referred to the stages of substances abuse and usage. This theory is to assess where a person is at in their drug abuse. It helps rate, which treatment is proper, if needed. The stages defined in the continuum are non-use, experimental use, and culturally endorsed us. They are also known as social use, recreational use and compulsive use, which is dependent. The non-use stage is where a person has made the choice, or decision to not, take any sort of substance for personal, health or cultural reasons. The experimental use is where a person has begun to explore substances, and is only experimenting now just to ease curiosity. The culturally endorsed users are usually members of a culture, which accept and encourage the continued drug use. The recreational use stage is only a stage where substances are social or casually used, typically used during an event. In the compulsive use stage, users have become regular and frequent users, due to becoming dependent on the substance. When they do not have any substance consummation, they experience negative effects and withdrawals. This user spends a lot of time and energy obtain and using drugs. This user is known as a drug abuser.
As stated by Gluckman (2006), “Drug abuse is defined as the compulsive and habitual misuse of any drug for various purposes, such as achieving calming or euphoric effects, an escape from reality, dulling
In 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse published a report summarizing the results of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for the year 2013, which is an annual survey considered to be the primary source of information when obtaining data regarding the use, abuse, and dependence of Americans aged 12 years old and older on various substances. The report is a press release summarizing the results from survey respondents, wherein these respondents have reported whether they have used specific substances within a given period of time.
Drug abuse happens when a person uses a drug other than its intended purpose. It is use for recreational or pleasure purposes, which is highly disapproved by the majority members of our society.
Addiction and Substance Abuse is a complex disease. With this in mind, substance abuse is one of the prime causes of death in the United States. From overdosing to drunk driving, both of these topics dwindle down to lack of self-control and adapting. The evidence shows, the devastating actions of this disease and how it is affecting not only our society but also the health of many struggling individuals.
Thesis: Drug abuse, also known as substance abuse, is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others. Many teens turn to marijuana, prescription drugs, club drugs, alcohol, or other substances as a means of coping with stress, peer influence, and failure of parents to prevent their children from making unreasonable decisions.
Introduction These days, drugs can be found everywhere, and it may seem like everyone 's doing them. Lots of people are tempted by the excitement or escape that drugs seem to offer. But learning the facts about drugs can help you see the risks of chasing this excitement or escape. And just as there