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addiction in healthcare work

             Substance abuse is a serious concern in the nursing profession. The American Nurses Association estimates the 10% to 20% of nurses have substance abuse problems. Chemical dependency is considered a disease that requires treatment. Early identification and treatment of the chemically dependent healthcare worker is important for the safety of the public and for the well-being of the nurse and her profession. We can no longer afford to ignore, ostracize, or punish nurses who have this progressive and fatal disease. In this article we will learn more about addiction as a disease, and what recovery really is.
             Addiction is a disease. The definition of a disease is "anything that interferes with the ability of a human to function normally." A disease causes its own signs and symptoms. Like any other disease, addiction is progressive and predictable. It only gets worse without treatment affecting more systems with increasing severity. Even is an addict is clean and sober for many years, the disease itself is still progressive. Symptoms that haven't been observed for many years return as soon as the addict relapses. They pick up right where they left off, no matter how much time has gone by. There are no permanent cures. There is only management of the symptoms to prevent an acute episode. The addict can only return to normal life when only the drinking or drug use stops completely.
             Using drugs repeated over time changes the brain structure and function in .
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             can persist long after the individual stops using. These changes in structure and.
             function occur due to neuroadaptive changes and new memory connections in various circuits of the brain. Addiction is the hijacking of the autonomic nervous system-the primary learning system, the pleasure reward cycle. These changes are due to neurotransmitters.

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