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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


Medical Complications

People may face various acute and chronic health risks associated with substance use and misuse. The most concerning health effects associated with drinking alcohol or using drugs are overdose and death. There are also known acute and chronic health risks that range from mild to severe consequences which may be short-term or irreversible.

This module includes informative books, ebooks, journals, databases, videos, and more to assist you with learning and understanding more about medical complications associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs.

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Websites, Reports and Papers


The Impact of Alcohol and Drugs on Your Health

A description of the long-term and short-term risks associated with alcohol and drug use. Also, covers the social, mental, and bodily effects of commonly used drugs, as well as potential legal and social consequences of drug and alcohol use. Provides a list of resources for those dealing with alcohol abuse and/or drug addiction within themselves or their family. Finally, reviews the SODAS decision-making tool, and applies the graphic organizer to alcohol and drug use.

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