Alcohol and Drugs
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Substance Abuse & Health Promotion

Nurses in both acute and primary care settings are ideally placed to offer Health Promotional  advice on drug and alcohol intake. This can be addressed with one of the Models of Health e.g. Stages of Change or The Health Belief Model.

In a primary care setting and with more time available  there is opportunity to base a drugs or alcohol behavioural change strategy within a Brief Intervention. Possibly in more acute settings and when time is limited this could be addressed through a Minimal Intervention approach. Research suggests that what is important is not to lose or miss the health promotional opportunity.

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