Nursing activities in the treatment of alcoholics in the community and mental health facilities

M. A. Naegle

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Abstract

Nurses can identify alcohol related problems in early stages of development as well as the existing problems with alcohol use through secondary prevention efforts, using observation of patient, taking history and using the screening instruments such as the CAGE, T-ACE or AUDIT. They can also counsel patients about the effects of alcohol use and about the required behavioral changes. Nurses should provide help in detecting, treating and counselling the patients in the acute phases of alcoholism, as well as during the withdrawal period and throughout some specialized healthcare procedures for alcoholics, such as Disulfiram therapy. Help can be provided by themselves, or the patients can be referred to other healthcare providers (physicians, agencies). By combining knowledge about the nature of addiction and the basic nursing knowledge, nurses can maximize the benefit of teaching, counselling and nursing care opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-71
Number of pages11
JournalAlcoholism
Volume36
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Alcoholism
  • Nurses
  • Secondary prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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