The Pros And Cons Of Substance Abuse

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Register to read the introduction… When individuals become part of any governmental program to help them kick the habit, there are laws and policies that these individuals have to follow in order to be part of a drug rehabilitation program (NYS, 2011). Some addicted individuals are embarrass of their problem, and when it comes to entering the program by law they must be tested to see what substances they come back positive on. Mandatory drug screens can be court appointed or be appointed by a drug rehab facility (NYS, 2011). However, mandatory screens are not only done once, they can be done periodically throughout the course of treatment, and even after treatment to make sure that, the individual is not using the substance. These screenings are mostly done by surprise without the individuals being notified. Law also protects substance abusers that enter into a rehab facility by this I mean all their information is held confidentially and only those working specifically with the individual are allowed to know their information (NYS, …show more content…
The Healthy People of 2010 suggested, that the goals for those with substance abuse were to “reduce substance abuse to protect the health, safety, and quality of life for all”. This goal for many may seem almost impossible for them to achieve, but with guidance from those around them, this task will be easy to accomplish. The Healthy People of 2010, mentioned that substance abuse does not only affect the individual that is using but it also affects those around that individual, such as family, friends, and children. That is why trying to focus their treatment on a goal of recovery will help them accomplish …show more content…
One of the top roles for a community health nurse is to help these individuals stop using. The nurse needs to educate the community about drug awareness and alcohol awareness as well. Primary prevention will first help those that are at the beginning stages of substance abuse or thinking about trying some (Brunen, et al, 2011). Assessment, effectiveness, and outcome of the patients treatment is important for the community nurse to monitor when a substance abuser is getting treatment (Machado, 2005). Nurses should also take the role of helping people manage their lives, and see the reasons why a person would turn to a substance to help them. Another important role that a community nurse has is to educate those that are substance abusing that they may engage in risk behavior that may lead them, to unprotected sex, rape, violence, or spread of a virus, when under the influence (Machado,

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