Cocaine addiction: the hidden dimension.

L. M. Oswald

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There is growing awareness within the nursing profession that nurses need to expand their knowledge about addiction and develop expertise in providing care for substance abusing clients. This report presents a discussion about cocaine abuse that is focused on evolving knowledge about the physiology of addiction. Researchers have recently described cocaine-induced neurochemical changes in the brain that may form the underpinnings for the behavioral manifestations and symptomatology that have been associated with cocaine addiction. These neurochemical alterations are described at the cellular level, and treatment implications for nurses are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-141
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of psychiatric nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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