Caring for Families with Substance Use Disorders

Caring for Families with Substance Use Disorders

Identification: MSNJ1904
Issue: March-April 2019
Volume: Vol. 28/No. 2
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Nurses are very likely to encounter patience everyday with treated and untreated addiction. Substance use disorders are reviewed, using opioid abuse as the exemplar, including risk factors and nursing implications. Nurses who take the time to listen to the background story may be able to initiate an intervention that guides the patient toward a path of recovery.

Learning Outcome:
After completing this learning activity, the learner will be able to discuss substance abuse disorders and nursing's role in the identification and treatment of afflicted individuals.

Learning Engagement Activity:

For more information on drug use/addiction and principles of drug addiction treatment, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website:

Contact hours available until 4/30/2021.

Requirements for Successful Completion:

Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The author(s), editor, editorial board, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:

No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Information:

This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 5387. Licensees in the state of California must retain this certificate for four years after the CNE activity is completed.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michelle Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.


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Caring for Families with Substance Use Disorders

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Jamie Dale
4/20/19 4:05 pm

No extra feedback at this time.

Lisa Campbell
7/25/19 4:31 pm

Addiction is typically challenging for health care providers (RN or physician) to understand or approach. This is good information.

Elizabeth Dickey
9/11/19 2:17 pm

Excellent topic and very informational.

Sandra LaPointe
10/7/19 4:17 pm

As RN's in an acute care setting, many are focused on the physical symptoms. But understanding not only the physical symptoms, emotional symptoms, but also the age in which the misuse began is equally important.

Anal Rathod
9/4/20 9:35 pm

Great topic, and informational..

Brenda Williams
9/7/20 2:34 pm

Listening is probably the most important thing any medical professional can do as the first step in helping someone with a substance abuse disorder.

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