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Alcohol and substance misuse among nurses: overcoming fear and stigma to ask for help

Pandemic pressures have contributed to problems for many, but support is available, experts say

Pandemic pressures have contributed to problems for many, but support is available, experts say

  • There has been an increase in alcohol and substance misuse among nurses over the past two years, partly in response to the pressures of the pandemic
  • The stigma surrounding addiction and concern over career implications can make nurses hide problems and avoid seeking help
  • Questions to ask yourself if you think you may have a problem, the support services available and advice from nurses who have faced addiction

Pressures created by COVID-19 may be contributing to an increase in problems with alcohol or drugs among nurses, say experts working in the addiction field.

Nurse Kenny

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