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Addiction in the Medical Field: Doctors, Nurses, and Substance Abuse

This resource guide was developed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Licensure Unit and the Nebraska Licensee Assistance Program (NE LAP) for the purpose of providing information about alcohol and drug abuse and addiction disorders and health care professionals. This guide provides information on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse or addiction, prevention intervention, treatment and return-to-work considerations, recovery, and relapse.

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The purpose of the Substance Use Disorder in Nursing manual is to provide practical and evidence-based guidelines (Appendix A) for evaluating, treating and managing nurses with a substance use disorder.