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Addiction Among Medical Professionals

Drug Abuse In Health Care


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. You may not expect it but addiction occurs in many health care employees. There is always an underlying reason as to why a medical practitioner is addicted to alcohol or any other form of drug. 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.


According to UK Today "throughout the country in excess of 100,000 doctors, nurses, technicians and other health professional's struggle with abuse or addiction which mostly involve narcotic substances like oxycodone and fentanyl."


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

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 who are addicted tend to live normally and it is quite difficult to tell if they are really addicted. They are found to be good at maintaining status quo despite their addiction.

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Below are few signs that your nurse or physician is an addict:

  • Frequency of job changes.
  • 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.
  • Dosing while on duty.
  • Interested in taking shift to monitor the patient's' narcotics use.
  • Anxiety over working on extended hours.
  • Not always present and always visiting the lavatory.
  • Exhibiting signs of using mouthwash or breath mints frequently while smelling of alcohol.
  • Showing signs of severe stress.
  • Glassy eyes.
  • Uncommon friendly attitude towards doctors with access to prescription drugs.
  • Pattern of incomplete charting or errors on reports.

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Reasons Drugs And Alcohol Are Chosen By Medical Experts

Doctors or nurses are at a greater risk of abusing drugs or alcohol than other professionals because of the nature of their job. One common reason that has been noticed among medical professionals is the temptation to use substance such as oxycodone and fentanyl because of the easy access they have to these powerful substances. 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.


Long working hours, high occupational stress, and the need to stay alert are some of the other top reasons why medical professionals abuse drugs. 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

It's common for physicians who are addicted to make mistakes while working, or abandon patient's treatment, unlike the other healthy physicians. Their lack of focus or instability when it comes to priority greatly impacts their performance.

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. These doctors need to get the assistance as soon as possible before the addiction gets out of hand and interferes with their jobs. The identification can help to prevent accidents on the job or not attending to important matters of health issues among patients.


Information About Drug Addiction In The Medical Field

Looks can be deceiving no matter how reputable and highly regarded a doctor or a nurse is, they are not safe from 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.

You can still keep your job as you continue treatment for your addiction and this is a program that is working on some states in the UK. The doctors will be trained on how they can overcome the desire of using the drugs again when they are back to their workplaces.

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

  • What should be done to reinstate carrier and reputation.
  • The procedures of resuming duty as a specialist.
  • Attending to license and discipline related stuff.
  • Managing triggers in and out of work.
  • Regular check in with the support group and counsellors.
  • How they will continue with their lives after the rehab.

Medical professionals can definitely remain optimistic of their recovery because they are contributing to a higher average among addicts within the subject of maintaining sobriety after treatment. The level of expertise and experience of therapy personnel are also among the contributing factors in the high recovery rate of doctors and nurses undergoing treatment. 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.