Frequently Asked Questions

Q:
How is a nurse different from a non-nurse in regards to needing help with recovery issues?

A:
There are actually both differences and similarities for a nurse and non-nurse in recovery. A nurse is no different than anyone who has a problem and needs help. Substance use disorders affect nurses equally as much as the general population and many “recovery” issues are quite the same. How addiction affects physical, social, and psychological and spiritual realms of life are similar; the need for intervention/treatment and lifelong recovery support is not different. The overlay that is “nurse” (personality characteristics, knowledge and specialized training, nursing identity, type of work setting, professional licensure) affect, interacts and is woven deeply into the nurse in need of help and thus requires special attention.

Q:
Isn’t “Recovery Maintenance" the same as Relapse Prevention?

A:
Recovery Maintenance (RM) is similar to the concept of relapse prevention however broader in its scope. RM includes relapse prevention principles which are integrated and expanded to address specific needs of the nursing population and nurses in recovery. RM products (Workbook, Companion Guide, RM 2000 Software, Training and Consultation are based on over 30 years of experience working with nurses in recovery and employers, colleagues and Boards of Nursing.


Q:
Can the Recovery Maintenance Workbook for Nurses be used for other health professionals as a recovery tool?

A:
Absolutely, the RM principles can be easily transferred to other health professionals. The 40 modules are designed to mirror the much needed skill development and knowledge areas helpful for health professionals in recovery early, middle and later stages of recovery.


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