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Medical Professionals And Addiction

Use Of Drugs In The Medical Field


It is not surprising to know that addiction also happens among medical practitioners and nurses. Unattended addiction cases among doctors and nurses may have a profound impact not only to them but also to their patients. There is a high ratio of abuse found among medical practitioners in the work areas. There is always an underlying reason as to why a medical practitioner is addicted to alcohol or any other form of drug. The pressure that comes with their job could be one of the reasons as to why they have resorted to the use of the drugs.


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.

Medical workers have bigger chances of getting healed from their illness once addicted; even though they equally have great chances of developing an obsession for drugs.


Knowing If A Medical Practitioner Is Addicted

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. People around them cannot realize they are addicted since they will be living a normal life for sometime.

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

  • Switching jobs at short intervals.
  • They love working without being monitored, preference of night shifts due to this.
  • This addiction often result to sleeping on duty.
  • Showing eagerness to administer narcotics to patients even when it's not their job.
  • Anxious about working overtime or extra shifts.
  • 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.
  • Little pupils and flat eyes.
  • Very close to the colleagues that are in the drug department.
  • Incomplete charting or repeated errors in paperwork.

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Reasons Drugs And Alcohol Are Chosen By Medical Experts

Substance abuse among medical personnel may be attributed to a number of distinct characteristics of a doctor's or nurse's work. One of the main ones is the fact that they can easily get the drugs in their workplaces without being suspected of anything. Some can be attributed to their understanding of the effects of specific drugs and how they think it would help them with any current predicaments.


Their irregular and tiring working patterns which also requires quick thinking and decision making can also contribute to the reasons. Instances of regrettable and depressing situations where they may blame themselves fully or partially about it also contributes to their substance abuse.


The Effects Of Addiction Within The Workplace

Doctors or nurses who are currently suffering addiction are more susceptible to errors and oversight. 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.

They are putting their health at risk and even exposing the patients to greater risks. 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. This can result in paying attention to vital symptoms in patients, reducing the rate of errors and mistakes during the job.


Statistics Of Medical Expert Addictions

Holding a license of a medical profession, certainly does not guarantee you a protection against abuse. The good news is, doctor and nurses have treatment scheme specially meant for their recovery.

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. The program includes support to doctors and nurses in dealing with triggers of their addiction as they resume normal work.

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

  • What should be done to reinstate carrier and reputation.
  • The process of returning to a professional practice.
  • Resolving penalty affairs and work permit issues.
  • How to overcome the urge to use the drugs again after recovery.
  • Regular check in with the support group and counsellors.
  • Importance of continued after-care.

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. 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 provide a more personalized and well-targeted care to address the very reason of the abuse thereby effectively guiding the patient.