By G. Hussein Rassool

Dependancy for Nurses is a entire textbook for college kids, explaining the position of the nurse at each one level of intervention. Early chapters strategy the topic from sociological, historic, and cultural views, protecting major issues akin to the character of dependancy, its social context, and habit concept. The booklet then offers important information regarding all of the major components of habit (nicotine, alcohol, opiates, hashish, psychostimulants, and hallucinogens), with scientific and useful suggestions on attractiveness, evaluate, and therapy intervention ideas.

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Experimental use ■ ■ Drugs, legal or illicit, are used on a few occasions Anyone’s initial use of a drug, alcohol or tobacco smoking is experimental (Rassool 1998) Users have a low tolerance to the drug There is no ‘pattern’ in the use of psychoactive substances but the choice of the drug misused is indiscriminate The use of psychoactive substances is usually unplanned This category has the highest risk for infections (if injecting), medical complications or overdose due to the indiscriminate use of adulterated psychoactive substances ■ ■ ■ ■ The term ‘recreational’ refers to a form of substance use in which pleasure and relaxation are the prime motivations.

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