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Competencies (NURS 4615) Substance Abuse Chapter

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Texas Woman’s University

Mental Health Competencies (NURS 4615)

Substance Abuse Chapter

Substance Abuse
1. Define addiction, intoxication, and withdrawal.
a. Substance-related disorders are composed of two groups:
i. the substance use disorders (addiction)
1.
2. Substance abuse is especially prevalent among individuals between the ages of
18 and 24
3. Individuals are considered to have a substance use disorder when use of the
substance interferes with their ability to fulfill role obligations, such as at work,
school, or home.
4. Often the individual would like to cut down or control use of the substance, but
attempts fail, and use of the substance continues to increase.
5. There is an intense craving for the substance, and an excessive amount of time
is spent trying to procure more of the substance or recover from the effects of its
use.
6. May become socially isolated as inter-relationships become more difficult
7. Addiction is evident when tolerance develops and the amount required to
achieve the desired effect continues to increase.
8. Addiction is evident when tolerance develops and the amount required to
achieve the desired effect continues to increase.
ii. substance-induced disorders (intoxication, withdrawal)

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