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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


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Substance Use Disorders 

Substance use disorder is defined as “a cluster of cognitive, behavioural, and psychological symptoms indicating that the individual continues using despite significant substance-related problems” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). It is characterized by the recurrent use of alcohol and other drugs which causes significant clinical and functional impairment, exacerbated health conditions, decreased functioning and quality of life.

This module includes informative books, ebooks, journals, databases, videos, and more to assist you with learning and understanding more about the harms and available resources related to alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, opioid and stimulant use disorders.


Substance Use Disorder

Withdrawal is when you feel awful and the only way to feel better is to use again. Learn what the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder are and treatment options.

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