Addiction studies (graduate student) | nursing
Understanding the history and scope of substance abuse and addiction is important because it provides essential context for understanding how addiction has become a major public health issue in modern times. Without an understanding of the historical roots and current scope of this problem, it can be difficult to grasp why interventions have been necessary or what approaches have had success in treating people with substance use disorders. Historical perspective regarding this illness also helps illustrate how certain attitudes towards drug use may have contributed to its prevalence over time as well as identify trends among different communities who are more vulnerable to its effects based upon various socioeconomic factors.
Additionally, gaining knowledge related to the history of substance abuse is key for those within healthcare professions such as nurses since they often serve on the front lines providing direct care at hospitals or outpatient clinics. By being aware of past treatments that have failed or succeeded they can be better prepared when encountering patients suffering from this condition. Furthermore, understanding the scope of addiction through epidemiological data related to educational attainment levels, age breakdowns etc… can help inform resources allocation decisions which affect both private insurance providers looking manage their costs as well as governmental agencies responsible for ensuring adequate treatment facilities available where needed most throughout our nation’s population.