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Medical Professionals And Addiction

Use Of Drugs In The Medical Field


Medical professionals have the same level of risk of drug and alcohol abuse as other people. The addiction can lead to several negative effects for the professionals within the medical fraternity and their patients at the same time. Compared to most other industries, medical industry has a higher addiction rate. Just like usual cases of addiction, there can be numerous causes why healthcare people turn to substance abuse. Some of them may be coping from difficult or disheartening predicaments on the job or they just want to stay alert longer while working.


UK Today released a report stating that Oxycodone and Fentanyl are among the abused drugs by over 100,000 healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and technicians.


The attribute that makes addiction among doctors and nurses unique is their access to the drugs.

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


Addiction Signs In Medical Staff

Being highly functional addicts makes it tricky to identify abuse among doctors and nurses. 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:

  • Constantly moving from one job to the other.
  • 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
  • Often making themselves available to administer narcotics to patients.
  • Desperate to work only in night shifts or put in extra hours.
  • Visiting bathrooms frequently or taking too many breaks.
  • Trying so much to cover their smell which is always that of alcohol or drugs.
  • 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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Understanding The Causes Of Addiction Among Healthcare Professionals

Medical practitioners that abuse drugs usually do so because of may reasons. 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. The understanding of the "high" effects of these drugs also tempts them to use them and see what really happens.


The pressure and exhaustion that comes with their work also sometimes leads them to start using these drugs so that they can function at their peak. Instances of regrettable and depressing situations where they may blame themselves fully or partially about it also contributes to their substance abuse.


How Drug Abuse Affects Work

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.

The patients that are being attended to by these medical practitioners have their lives at risks. Acknowledgment or acceptance of their situation is usually the most tricky part of treating the addiction. There is a high chance their professionalism will be affected if they stay addicted to the use of the drugs or alcohol.


Statistics Of Abuse Amongst Medical Professionals

Holding a license of a medical profession, certainly does not guarantee you a protection against abuse. However, these doctors and nurses can get treatment specifically for them and not addicts in other professions.

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.
  • How to return to work.
  • Addressing matters regarding discipline and licensing.
  • How to overcome the urge to use the drugs again after recovery.
  • Importance of taking part in monitoring programs.
  • Creating a constant check-up scheme.

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. They can always get the help in recovery even from their fellow staff members and this aids in their quick recovery. They provide a more personalized and well-targeted care to address the very reason of the abuse thereby effectively guiding the patient.