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Substance Abuse Nurse

A Substance Abuse or Addiction Nurse helps patients who are addicted to drugs, alcohol and other substances.
Required education
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll be trained in general medicine and mental health to help patients over the physical and psychological obstacles of their addiction.
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What you’ll do


You’ll evaluate patients and monitor their treatment.


You’ll provide patients and families with emotional support and connect them with relevant support groups and outpatient services.


You’ll teach patients and caregivers about the dangers of substance abuse and the available treatments.


You’ll administer medication and work with doctors to create and implement treatment plans for patients.

Where you’ll work
  • Community health clinics
  • Mental health clinics
  • Psychiatric wards in hospitals
  • Substance abuse treatment centers
How to become a Substance Abuse Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining 2,000 hours of experience and 30 hours’ continuing education in Substance Abuse.


You’re ready to work as a Substance Abuse Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Substance Abuse Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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