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"Addiction" Nursing is an outdated term.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 15 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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I remember a while back we were told to not say PTSD but to say PTSS (replacing Disorder with Syndrome).  The goal was to improve patient participation in care with the thinking that no one wants a Disorder, but hey, a Syndrome, not so bad, anyone could have one of those!

Yeah.  Didn't last long because the terms don't matter. 

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Orion81RN has 7 years experience.

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On 2/13/2020 at 5:35 AM, DAL2010 said:

I remember a while back we were told to not say PTSD but to say PTSS (replacing Disorder with Syndrome).  The goal was to improve patient participation in care with the thinking that no one wants a Disorder, but hey, a Syndrome, not so bad, anyone could have one of those!

Yeah.  Didn't last long because the terms don't matter. 

PTSI (injury) now. It does make sense actually. 

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Serhilda is a ADN, RN and specializes in Cardiac Telemetry, Emergency Department.

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Disagree. Until there is no longer any moral component to addiction/substance abuse/substance use, it will always be a controversial topic.

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Luke79AU has 4 years experience.

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It depends how you look at it. I see "addiction" as actually laying less moral responsibility on the user, as the substance is inherently flawed by having addictive properties. Whereas, substance use/misuse means to me that the person is in control, and continues to make unhealthy choices.

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