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Medical Professionals And Addiction

Drug Abuse In Health Care


It is not surprising to know that addiction also happens among medical practitioners and nurses. In case an addiction is not addressed quickly, both the doctor and his patients will suffer. The addiction rate among doctors and nurses is perhaps one of the highest among the entire workforce. Just like usual cases of addiction, there can be numerous causes why healthcare people turn to substance abuse. Some might take drugs to cope up with long-hour shifts or night shifts, some to escape from occupational stress, and some for other reasons.


All over the world, over 100,000 nurses, doctors, technicians and other medical experts are victimized by an addiction of some sort, usually narcotics like Fentanyl and Oxycodone, based on the broadcast of UK Today.


Unlike other people, medical professionals can procure drugs more easily, making it easier for them to fall into addiction or continue it.

The percentage of professionals within the medical fraternity suffering from addictions can possibly be high. However, this group also has an exceptional rate of recovery when they decide to get the treatment needed.


Drug Dependence Symptoms Among Medical Professionals

It is not easy to identify alcohol or drug dependency in medical professionals because of their ability to behave more or less normally. People around them cannot realize they are addicted since they will be living a normal life for sometime.

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Physicians General Abuse Symptoms

  • Switching jobs at short intervals.
  • They love working without being monitored, preference of night shifts due to this.
  • Dosing while on duty.
  • Showing eagerness to administer narcotics to patients even when it's not their job.
  • They are somewhat uncomfortable when performing a long duty.
  • Missing work often, or disappearing whilst at work, often said to be "bathroom" breaks.
  • Trying so much to cover their smell which is always that of alcohol or drugs.
  • Family and monetary problems.
  • Contracted pupils and/or glassy eyes.
  • Being too close to the doctor who prescribes medications.
  • Pattern of incomplete charting or errors on reports.

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The Reason For Substance Abuse By Medical Practitioners

Physicians and nurses have specific area of duty that makes them more prone addictive drugs unlike employees of other fields. Since physicians have the permission to reach any of those highly recommended drugs which is not properly recorded when issued, they can easily become addicted to drugs like Oxycodone or Fentanyl. As they are professionals who also extensively knowledgeable about the effects, these substances can have on an individual, and this could possibly provide them the motivation needed to attempt and mimic the sensations with themselves with the sole intention to produce a high or euphoria.


Their irregular and tiring working patterns which also requires quick thinking and decision making can also contribute to the reasons. Most of them resort the use of drugs so that they can overcome the feeling of guilt or pressure in the wok they are doing.


Occupational Signs Of Abuse

It's common for physicians who are addicted to make mistakes while working, or abandon patient's treatment, unlike the other healthy physicians. 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.

Doctors and nurses who are dealing with a substance addiction are not just putting themselves at a risk but are also playing around with the well-being of the patients within their care. 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 sooner this happens, the sooner the treatment can start and undesirable events can be averted sooner.


Statistics Of Abuse Amongst Medical Professionals

Anyone, including doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals can fall into addiction. Fortunately several treatment programs have been designed specifically to cater to the needs of medical professionals and to offer them a fresh, and healthy starts to their careers.

A number of states are offering programs for doctors and nurses in order to overcome their addiction while also making sure that they do not lose their license or practice. These programs have been developed to provide the help and guidance needed by medical professionals through their recovery and to provide methods that can help to avoid the triggers after they are back within their workplace.

Aspects That Are Addressed By Addiction Treatment For Medical Professionals Will Include:

  • Ways to recover your status and job.
  • The process of returning to a professional practice.
  • The disciplinary actions that may be taken against them.
  • Avoiding potential triggers within and outside the workplace.
  • Engaging with monitoring programs.
  • Commitment post-rehab care.

The fact that many addicts from the medical field tend to recover faster that others is a boost of their confidence when they are in the treatment process. 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 will ensure your wellness is regained and carefully follow up your case to fish out the underlying issues associated with your abuse.