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"Addiction" Nursing is an outdated term.

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by havenrn havenrn (New) New

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I just wanted to suggest changing the name of this specialty. "Addiction" is a dated term. Currently the term Substance Use Disorder or SUD treatment nurse would be appropriate. The history of the word addiction denotes a mental/moral failure and not a disease. More and more research is bringing a better understanding of the brain and substance dependency. Changing the title of the specialty would discourage further use of the word "addiction" and the misconceptions of substance use disorder in the nursing community. Just a suggestion...

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canoehead has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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Every twenty years we change the words used, but it's all the same, with the same stigma once people become familiar with the nomenclature.

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819Nurse has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in SNF/LTACH/CM/Orthopedics/Med Surg.

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On 10/27/2019 at 7:32 PM, canoehead said:

Every twenty years we change the words used, but it's all the same, with the same stigma once people become familiar with the nomenclature.

As I always say....... Same soup🍜, just RE-HEATED!

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Same with co-occurring and dual diagnosis.  I'm a CARN...I wonder if they'll eventually change the name of the certification too.

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