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Medical Professionals And Dependency

Substance Abuse And Health Care


Medical professionals have the same level of risk of drug and alcohol abuse as other people. In case an addiction is not addressed quickly, both the doctor and his patients will suffer. You may not expect it but addiction occurs in many health care employees. Just like usual cases of addiction, there can be numerous causes why healthcare people turn to substance abuse. The reasons which have been provided for the addiction among medical professionals are various. Some are looking forward to remaining alert throughout the day or the night according to their work schedule while others could be looking for an escape route from the emotional pain after a day of making hard decisions with drastic outcomes.


Data suggest no fewer than 100,000 health care professionals abuse drugs, the most common being narcotics like Fentanyl and Oxycodone.


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

However, statistics shows that these people also tend to withdraw faster than people in other professions.


Signs Of Substance Abuse In A Medical Expert

Doctors and nurses who are addicted tend to live normally and it is quite difficult to tell if they are really addicted. People around them cannot realize they are addicted since they will be living a normal life for sometime.

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Common signs of addictions in doctors and nurses include:

  • 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.
  • Unusual frequency to volunteer of drug administration to patients.
  • Anxious about working overtime or extra shifts.
  • Missing work often, or disappearing whilst at work, often said to be "bathroom" breaks.
  • Smell of alcohol on the breath or using mouthwash repeatedly.
  • Issues with relationships and finances.
  • Glassy eyes.
  • Other Physicians in charge of drugs are always their good friends.
  • Always making mistakes, or experiencing improper documentation.

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

Medical practitioners that abuse drugs usually do so because of may reasons. One is the relatively easy access to prescription and drugs. 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.


Medical professionals are often required to take decisions on the spur of the moment regarding the health of the patient along with their well-being apart from working during unpredictable and exhausting hours at different times during the day. Their emotions and psychological state are affected after regretting an action or making wrong decisions, thereby prompting addiction.


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.

The patient's life and wellness is threatened when treated by a physician with drug abuse, as well as equally placing the physician's life at risk. It can become difficult for medical professionals to accept that he or she could have an addiction. However, it will be better if the addiction is identified at the earliest to be given the attention it deserves. The sooner this happens, the sooner the treatment can start and undesirable events can be averted sooner.


Statistics Of Medical Expert Addictions

Doctors and nurses are working in a profession that is highly regarded and respected. However, they are certainly not immune to addictions. However, these doctors and nurses can get treatment specifically for them and not addicts in other professions.

Medical practitioners are highly assisted by lots of states which provide schemes to assist doctors and ensuring that they don't lose their licensing certificates. 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.

Treatment programs for medical professionals addresses, among others, the following aspects:

  • What should be done to reinstate carrier and reputation.
  • Resuming normal medical work.
  • Attending to license and discipline related stuff.
  • How to overcome the urge to use the drugs again after recovery.
  • Participation in monitoring programs.
  • The establishment of continued aftercare.

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.