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What Does a Substance Abuse Nurse Do?

A Substance Abuse Nurse, sometimes referred to as an Addiction Nurse, specializes in the care of patients struggling with addiction to substances such as alcohol, prescription medications, and illegal drugs. These nurses work with patients to manage the physical challenges of addiction and withdrawal, support their psychological recovery, and provide education about substance abuse and addiction.

Their responsibilities include administering medication to help with detoxification and managing withdrawal symptoms, providing counseling and emotional support, developing treatment plans, and educating patients on coping strategies to maintain sobriety. Substance Abuse Nurses also work with families and provide resources for ongoing support and rehabilitation.

These nurses often work in detox centers, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, mental health clinics, and community health settings. They collaborate with a multidisciplinary team including physicians, psychiatrists, social workers, and therapists to provide comprehensive care. Their role is vital in addressing the complex needs of individuals affected by substance abuse and supporting their journey to recovery.

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