Substance abuse is defined as a long-term behaviour pattern due to which a person has a chronic, debilitating, and relapsing dependence on mood-altering substances. As against common beliefs, substance abuse is not only about illegal drugs or psychoactive substances like marijuana, cocaine, etc. A dependence on legal substances like pain medications, alcohol, cough syrups, etc. that act as mood stimulants is also termed as substance abuse.
Despite the general opinion that it’s the adolescents who are the most addicted, every age group right from young adults to the elderly have been known to abuse substances. The reasons why a person gets addicted vary for every age group and depend on factors like genetics, family history of addiction, experimentation, co-existence of mental or physical health conditions, etc. Some of the most common reasons for substance use include:
Substances have short-term and long-term effects on the body and the mind. The effects depend on the severity of the addiction, the general health of the individual, age, etc. Some common effects of substance abuse include:
Treatment of substance use and addiction is a complex procedure as it involves making changes to the mind functions, behaviours, and physical aspects of a person. There is no single line of treatment for everyone and depends on the affected person’s age, history of substance abuse, and her/his needs. Some of the treatment options that are used include:
Drug dependence is a complex issue that not has ramifications for the person addicted to substances but also for her/his immediate family, friends, and peers. There are important reasons why nursing care at home becomes imperative in a substance abuse situation:
Nurses have always played a very important role in de-addiction and the prevention of substance abuse. From the promotion of healthy behaviours to recovery, they act as front-line information & direct care providers for the patients at all times of the day. The role of a substance abuse nurse include:
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Mr. Raj Shekhar
Age 32, Chennai
My father had a surgery and required regular healthcare services. Portea has greatly helped him with their in-home healthcare services.
Portea has started home infusion of cerezyme 0.8 (cerezyme replacement therapy) of gaucher disease. From past 5years. I have been undergoing ERT at Delhi hospital. But now with the help of Sanofi Genzyme, Portea done our first home infusion of cerezyme. The team which visited our home (Raghvendra sir and pramod) in this thought condition COVID and rainy weather on time and attended us were highly professional. From the very first step till the and of therapy they did everything very well. They took every percuations, share every details with as regarding home infusion of cerezyme , used every necessary equipment (infusion pump) for therapy, monitored us thoroughly. This new intiative for ERT is very nice and impressive. Thank you Raghvendra sir Thanks to portea and Sanofi for this arrangement.
We would like to put on record that we found the services of Nurse Jeesha and Nurse Sridevi to be excellent. They were competent, dedicated and compassionate Nurses who were able to establish a good rapport with the patient and the family caregivers. Your Nursing Supervisor Anthony Michael responded promptly and effectively to our communications. We would be happy to recommend the services of Portea.