Substance Abuse Disorders

Substance abuse refers to the harmful or excessive use of psychoactive substances, such as drugs or alcohol, that can result in negative consequences for the individual’s physical health, mental well-being, and overall life functioning.

6 Substance Abuse in Pregnancy Nursing Care Plans

Substance dependence is a growing health problem in clients of childbearing age, so its incidence during pregnancy is also increasing. The number of women who use illicit substances during pregnancy is unknown, but as many as 375,000 infants may be affected yearly. As many as 10% to 20% of pregnant women admit to using illicit substances during pregnancy. Adolescents have an increased rate of inhalant abuse and binge drinking.