Therapy strategies for substance use disorders


Substance use disorders (SUDs) are prevalent and carry a high mortality rate. SUDs are chronic health conditions resulting from a chemical imbalance in the brain. However, recovery from SUDs is possible. There are several evidence-based nonpharmacological therapies for SUDs, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, and eye movement desensitization reprocessing. Many patients are not aware of, or do not receive, these therapies. Nurses can use simple strategies within the therapy models when working with patients with SUDs. In addition, nurses are in a prime position to educate patients about these evidence-based therapies and refer patients to therapists or advanced practice nurses with training and expertise in these nonpharmacological treatments.






Julie Worley

Original Work Citation

Worley, J. (2020). Therapy strategies for substance use disorders. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. doi:10.3928/02793695-20200115-02



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