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Substance Use Disorders and Nursing Care

This guide is to assist you in research topics related to addiction, treatment and recovery of these disorders as well as trauma-informed care, related stigma and harm reduction avenues. Here you will find information on the various substances commonly fo

Introduction

Substance Use Disorders - Alcohol

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. It encompasses the conditions that some people refer to as alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, alcohol addiction, and alcoholism. Considered a brain disorder, AUD can be mild, moderate, or severe. Lasting changes in the brain caused by alcohol misuse perpetuate AUD and make individuals vulnerable to relapse. The good news is that no matter how severe the problem may seem, evidence-based treatment with behavioural therapies, mutual-support groups, and/or medications can help people with AUD achieve and maintain recovery.

This module includes informative books, ebooks, journals, databases, videos, and more to assist you with learning and understanding more about the prevalence and harms associated with its use, and treatment modalities for those living with an alcohol use disorder.

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