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Addiction Among Medical Professionals

Healthcare And Addiction In The Profession


Anyone can be addicted to the use of drugs or alcohol no matter the profession they are in. It can grow to be overly dangerous for victims and physicians, if it's not handled medically. Among the many professionals, the medical field is one that comprises of people that are highly addicted. Medical professionals abuse drugs or alcohol for many reasons, just like people in other professions. Some of them may be coping from difficult or disheartening predicaments on the job or they just want to stay alert longer while working.


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."


The fact that the people in the medical field can easily get the drugs is what is alarming.

While addiction rate in medical professionals is high, the encouraging news is that this group also has a high recovery rate following treatment.


Signs Of Substance Abuse In A Medical Expert

Due to their high rate of performance during their addiction, it's very hard to identify drug or alcohol addiction in physicians or nurses. People around them cannot realize they are addicted since they will be living a normal life for sometime.

Feel free to contact us on 0800 246 1509 if you are a health care employee or if you know someone who is dealing with such addiction.


Physicians General Abuse Symptoms

  • 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.
  • Being exhausted in the middle of the shift
  • Showing eagerness to administer narcotics to patients even when it's not their job.
  • They are somewhat uncomfortable when performing a long duty.
  • 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.
  • Dilated pupils
  • 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

Physicians and nurses have specific area of duty that makes them more prone addictive drugs unlike employees of other fields. One of the main ones is the fact that they can easily get the drugs in their workplaces without being suspected of anything. The understanding of the "high" effects of these drugs also tempts them to use them and see what really happens.


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

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. Their lack of focus or instability when it comes to priority greatly impacts their performance.

Medical professions who abuse drugs harm their health and put the health of their patients 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 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

Holding a license of a medical profession, certainly does not guarantee you a protection against abuse. It is encouraging to note that there is a specialized addiction therapy designed just for them.

Numerous treatment facilities catering to the wellness of the addicted healthcare professionals are now easily accessible nationwide. 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.

Below are focuses of their treatment programs:

  • What should be done to reinstate carrier and reputation.
  • Resuming normal medical work.
  • Addressing matters regarding discipline and licensing.
  • How to handle triggers.
  • Involving in inspections and examination schemes.
  • Commitment post-rehab 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. The success rate is highest in medical professionals who seek treatment in a reputable facility specializing in de-addiction programs for people belonging to the medical industry. Specialists at addiction treatment facilities will work with you to identify the underlying reasons for your addiction and help you regain good health again.