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Drug Rehab Nursing Careers

written by: Victoria Trix•edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski•updated: 2/23/2009

Are you searching for a nursing career that will give you even more fulfillment than your current nursing career? The check out drug rehab nursing careers! They will offer you a fulfilling career helping people.

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    Drug Rehab Nursing Careers

    As a registered nurse, some may eventually find that their duties in a medical office become somewhat routine and mundane. While satisfying to meet and treat many types of patients, the desire to work with sufferers of long term or ongoing medical problems is a vocation that some very special registered nurses want to pursue. For these types of people, investigation into types of drug rehab nursing careers can prove to be very rewarding.

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    Drug Rehab Nursing Careers: Patient and Family Care

    When looking at drug rehab nursing careers it is important to remember that this type of specialized nursing field involves treatment of family members of the patient, as well as the patient himself. A very consuming and rewarding career, drug rehab nurses become the lifeline of many families, providing not only patient based physical care, but also helping the family work through the complexities of addiction that are not only physical, but emotional, psychological and financial. Most families become very close to the patient’s treating doctor and nursing staff, but seem to rely more heavily on the drug rehab nurse to guide them through the emotional rollercoaster of drug treatment.

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    Drug Rehab Nursing Careers: Reintegration into Society

    Drug rehab nursing careers involve the application of various support strategies to increase the mental and social functionality of the client as well as the client’s family. Furthermore, while the initial focus is on the rehabilitation of the patient and family, further considerations involve reintegration into the community and workforce while maintaining a regimen of ongoing care with the drug rehab facility and staff.

    Ideally, the result of every drug rehab nursing career is one of fulfillment in knowing that the level of knowledge and humanity these special medical personnel possess is able to not only cure one person of an addition, but also facilitate the healing of a family and community in the process. In addition to having the desire to heal entire groups of people in this manner, the candidate considering a drug rehab nursing career must also be aware that specific requirements will be imposed that include an understanding of different cultures and cultural beliefs surrounding additions and recovery strategies. In many cases this may prove to be frustrating, when the personal beliefs of family members seem to interfere with the necessary treatment regime of an addiction. It is the charge of the drug rehab nurse to pull these components together to benefit the patient and improve the quality of life of the entire family. Drug rehab nursing careers can be fulfilling for the nurse if they enjoy their work in this area.