- Nurses should advocate and support access to combined pharmacological and psychosocial interventions to improve well-being and health outcomes of clients
- When administering a dose of medication to a client, every nurse should assess the appropriateness of the medication following the eight rights of medication administration.
- The following psychosocial interventions (formal intervention, informal interventions and/or type of service delivery) can be useful in the management of substance use disorders. These include:
- 12-Step and Self-Help Groups
- Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and mindfulness meditation
- Case Management
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Community Reinforcement Approach
- Contingency Management (CM)
- Couples and Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Multi-Family Dimensional Therapy (MDFT)
This list was informed by the literature and by expert panel consensus; it is not an exhaustive list.For more information on psychosocial interventions, please refer to the Engaging Clients Who Use Substances Best Practice Guideline Appendix K (Page 100) for additional resources.
Addiction and Mental Health
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