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
- 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.
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