The European department of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) is a professional society
for nurses committed to the prevention, detecting, diagnosing, treating,
and management of addictive disorders.


Discover all of the benefits of being part of a global community of addictions nurses. We also offer discounts on membership dues for those in lower-income countries.

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With a variety of educational and networking opportunities,  access to our Journal on Addictions Nursing and discounts on our annual conference, there has never been a better time to join IntNSA. 

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In the Netherlands 180 specialized in-patient and out-patient treatment centers are active in addictions treatments of all sorts; detoxification clinics for crisis and longer detoxifications, short and longer treatment after detox with cognitive behavioral treatment options. Centers for special target groups such as elderly, youngsters, patients with double diagnosis, patients with mental retardations, patient groups with different cultural backgrounds/perspectives, and specials needs of SBRT’s.


<b>Dick M. van Etten</b>

Dick M. van Etten

My career in nursing started in 1983. At that time I was in caring for people with mental disabilities. Nowadays, I have specialized in care for the elderly, especially elderly people with substance disorders, e.g. alcohol, benzodiazepines, multi/poly addiction problems.

As a member of a FACT team, I currently work in Amersfoort (situated in the middle of the Netherlands) for Arkin Jellinek, one of the major mental health institutions in the Netherlands. We work with a multidisciplinary team in a large care area, eastern part of the province of Utrecht.

Licensed to prescribe medication to my patients, my focus is towards recovery-oriented treatment. One of my other areas of expertise is developing training programs for nurses and it is in this capacity that I am also Arkin's deputy educator of Nursing Specialists.

<B>Christien Loth, Phd, MN, MANP, RN</B>

Christien Loth, Phd, MN, MANP, RN

Secretary/Board Member
My name is Chris Loth, I am a board member of IntNSA Holland. In addition, I work as a nurse specialist mental health care from my own practice LOTH Nursing in the east of the country. There I provide specialized care to patients who suffer from double problems such as ADHD and addiction, autism and addiction, PTSD and addiction. In 2009 I obtained my PhD at the University of Amsterdam for an action research on improvements in nursing care from ambulatory methadone projects. Since 2012 I have been working as MANP GGZ, including a number of hours with a GP specifically for addiction problems. In Utrecht I am affiliated with the GGZVS as a senior lecturer in addiction and addiction treatments and responsible for the addiction curriculum of this three-year course.

<b>Floris Bary</b>

Floris Bary

Board Member
I am a board member with experiential knowledge in addiction and mental health. Furthermore I am member of the national knowledge network of clients in addiction care “Het Zwarte Gat” (“The Black Hole Foundation”) and member of the coordinating board of the Dutch Addiction Association (“Verslavingskunde Nederland”). Also I am a project commission member on the “Youth in Transition” a longitudinal study on addiction trajectories and profiles 2018-2025. Since 2014 I am employed by The Salvation Army as a trainer in courses on recovery and advisor on experiential knowledge. Before 2005, when I had my first experience in a clinical setting in addiction care as a service user I used to work in ICT as a system engineer.

<b>Jackie Middeldorp</b>

Jackie Middeldorp

Board Member
My name is Jackie Middeldorp . I work as a Nurse Specialist GGZ (mental health care) in a F- ACT team of addiction care. I am also a member of the team that takes care of the opiate maintenance treatment at Jellinek in Utrecht. I am a member of the National Platform Advanced Nursing Practice GGZ of addiction treatment and member of the Dutch chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) intNSA. I work as a Nurse Specialist mental health care within the long-term care and treatment of drug addicts at Jellinek in Utrecht. I am dealing with the implementation of the somatic (interference) care in Addiction Psychiatry and I push the knowledge sharing on addiction and somatic care at Jellinek in Utrecht. I am the co-developer of the Utrecht Somatic Screening list (USS 2.0.). The USS 2.0 has been developed especially for the long-term addicts and/or psychiatric patients who avoid medical care and are not, or rarely, in the picture by their general practitioner.The USS 2.0. screens for most of the serious somatic diseases this group suffers from.

<b>Renske van der Meer</b>

Renske van der Meer

Board Member
Renske van der Meer (1984), BA MSc, is based in Rotterdam. She graduated from Leiden University of Applied Science as a nurse. Renske started her career as a psychiatric nurse at a methadon clinic and very soon she started working in a special program for pregnant woman and young parents with addiction problems. After a few years she changed to working in a assertive community treatment team. In 2012 Renske started her Master of Science in Advanced Nursing Practice in Utrecht. During her master she worked in a specialised clinic for people with addiction and cognitive impairment, an outpatient team for adolescents with co-morbid problems and a assertive community treatment team. Since completing her masters in 2015, Renske is working as a Nurse Practitioner and Manager Treatment for an outpatient mental health and addiciton facility (Basis GGZ, prevention and general practice) organisation in Rotterdam.

Renske has been active as a member of the Nursing Board at Antes (mental health organisation) and is a teacher in motivationel interviewing at the School of Nursing Studies (MSc Advanced Nursing Practice) in Utrecht.

<b>Soraya Bargmans – van den Oever</b>

Soraya Bargmans – van den Oever

Board Member
In 2005 I changed course from a PR and communication employee at an architectural firm to a training position within GGZ Meerkanten (now GGZ-centraal) to the (psychiatric) nursing course. I have had the opportunity to gain experience in various psychiatric wards. In the acute admission ward I was interested in clients with the problem of comorbidity of addiction and (serious) psychiatric disorders. I looked for the most appropriate care, because so much knowledge was still lacking. A year after obtaining my certificate of College nurse diploma (2009), I decided to apply internally for the position of nurse in the detox ward in the addiction clinic in Almere, previously known as Amethist Addiction Care. I provided care to clients with complex addiction problems in combination with psychiatric and social problems, both individually and in groups. I have now been working with great pleasure and enthusiasm at Amethist Addiction Care for the past twelve and a half years. Since 2018 I have been working as a nurse at the ambulatory of Amethist in Lelystad, where I, as a practitioner, support clients and relatives in directing their own life (self-management), based on the principles of recovery supportive care. This includes guiding outpatient detox processes, cognitive behavioral therapy and relapse prevention. In the past two years, in addition to my work as a therapist, I have completed the Bachelor of nurse education.

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