Addiction nursing is in good hands with these leaders! Great insights at today’s Addiction Nurses Symposium. ⁦@minhealthnz⁩ ⁦@nznep⁩ ⁦@DavidClarkNZ⁩ ⁦@shearer_robyn⁩ ⁦@WaikatoDHB⁩ ⁦@nzdrug⁩ — NZAddictionWorkforce (@MatuaRaki) July 29, 2019 Matua Raḵi supports the development of addiction nursing expertise and recognises the specialist knowledge and skills they bring to theContinue Reading

Publication date: 5 July 2019 These services are people-centred through promotion of lived experience and a focus on methamphetamine-related education and prevention. The peer support walk-in and Facebook page provide a safe, accessible and non-judgemental space for ‘real talk’ about methamphetamine. It places tāngata whai ora wellbeing at theContinue Reading From pulling a sickie because of a raging hangover, to staring bleary-eyed at the computer for hours on a Monday morning – employees’ drinking habits are costing New Zealand $1.65 billion a year in lost productivity. That’s the finding from a new University of Otago study – published todayContinue Reading

“It’s not about the kind of sex you have, who you have it with or even how often you have it,” explained certified sex addiction therapist Robert Weiss. “We don’t base the definition of alcoholism on the type of alcohol someone drinks. Like alcoholism, the sex addiction diagnosis is basedContinue Reading

In the clinician’s handbook for diagnosing mental disorders (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , known as the DSM-IV-TR ), caffeine-related disorders are classified under the rubric of substance-related disorders. DSM-IV-TR specifies four caffeine-related disorders: caffeine intoxication, caffeine-induced anxiety disorder, caffeine-induced sleep disorder, and caffeine related disorder not otherwise specified. A fifth, caffeine withdrawal,Continue Reading

Let’s take a look at what it means to have an effective treatment outcome in terms of addiction. The primary goal is usually abstinence or at least a “clinically meaningful reduction in substance use.” To measure effectiveness, we must look at how and if treatment improves the quality of life for theContinue Reading