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Medical Professionals And Addiction

Healthcare And Addiction In The Profession


Anyone can be addicted to the use of drugs or alcohol no matter the profession they are in. In case an addiction is not addressed quickly, both the doctor and his patients will suffer. Among the many professionals, the medical field is one that comprises of people that are highly addicted. There are so many things which can cause doctors and nurses to become drug abusers, just like other experts in other professions. They may want to get rid of some sensitive problems and due to taking some tough choices or during annoying moments, or probably they want to stay active or awake throughout the night.


Oxycodone and Fentanyl are the most abused drugs by over 100,000 medical practitioners and this is according to the UK Today newspaper.


Doctors and nurses can be considered slightly different from other professionals because of their easy accessibility to some of the popular sought-after drugs because it is easier for them to lay their hands on the drugs and to create or feed an addiction.

It is found that these healthcare professionals has high success rates of recovering from the abuse matching the high rate of addiction among them.


Signs Of Substance Abuse In A Medical Expert

Doctors and nurses have been considered as highly functional addicts, and therefore, it can be difficult to recognise signs of dependence upon a drug or alcohol. This implies that they will conveniently satisfy their addiction for a long time, manage their profession and family, without anybody realizing they are addicts.

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The following signs indicate addiction problem in medical professionals:

  • Changing jobs frequently.
  • They are more interested in working at night where it's easier to reach any drugs coupled with the fact that little inspections are carried out during this period.
  • Falling asleep on the job or during the shift.
  • Showing eagerness to administer narcotics to patients even when it's not their job.
  • Desperate to work only in night shifts or put in extra hours.
  • Not always present and always visiting the lavatory.
  • Unusual use of breath freshener.
  • Issues with relationships and finances.
  • Glassy eyes with small pupils.
  • Very close to the colleagues that are in the drug department.
  • Pattern of incomplete charting or errors on reports.

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Reasons Behind The Rate Of Drug And Alcohol Dependency In The Medical Industry

Doctors or nurses are at a greater risk of abusing drugs or alcohol than other professionals because of the nature of their job. Easy access to many popular commonly abused drugs, like Fentanyl and Oxycodone, that medical professionals enjoy is the number one cause of high addiction rate in them. Medical professionals because of their knowledge in this field understand better than most which drug produces what kind of effect, and unfortunately many use their knowledge to achieve a high or euphoric state by irresponsibly using narcotics and other drugs.


Their irregular and tiring working patterns which also requires quick thinking and decision making can also contribute to the reasons. Doctors are responsible for health, and many times of life, of others and sometimes negative emotions become so overpowering that they may turn to drugs to cope with them.


The Effects Of Addiction Within The Workplace

A medical professional who's under the influence of drugs or alcohol will make more mistakes that might have serious consequences for patients entrusted in his care than his sober counterparts. Addicted medical professionals might have problem focusing on the job on hand or miss important appointments or not complete a procedure as per the guidelines.

Medical professions who abuse drugs harm their health and put the health of their patients at risk. Doctors and nurses addicted to drugs or alcohol might want to dismiss the truth about their condition, but an early intervention and treatment is in their best interest. The identification can help to prevent accidents on the job or not attending to important matters of health issues among patients.


Statistics Of Medical Expert Addictions

Anyone, including doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals can fall into addiction. It is encouraging to note that there is a specialized addiction therapy designed just for them.

Many states have programs that help medical professionals beat their addiction without running the risk of losing their license to practice. These programs not only include medical detox but also several other treatment plans which help medical professionals to effectively deal with triggers once they get back to normal life.

Areas to tackle for the doctors and nurses abuse therapy scheme:

  • Ways to recover your status and job.
  • The transition from drug abuse back to the medical work.
  • Attending to license and discipline related stuff.
  • How to handle triggers.
  • Participation in monitoring programs.
  • Commitment post-rehab care.

The high rate of recovery from addiction among healthcare professionals is something that proves encouraging for the patient. When the addicted physician is placed on a facility where there are workers that know how to take care of doctors or nurses and also understand the risks involved in the illness, the recovery is bound to be successful. They are willing to work alongside the medical professionals to understand the root cause of their addiction and provide the guidance required throughout the process to restore their health.