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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. In case an addiction is not addressed quickly, both the doctor and his patients will suffer. 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. 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.


All over the world, over 100,000 nurses, doctors, technicians and other medical experts are victimized by an addiction of some sort, usually narcotics like Fentanyl and Oxycodone, based on the broadcast of UK Today.


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

The percentage of professionals within the medical fraternity suffering from addictions can possibly be high. However, this group also has an exceptional rate of recovery when they decide to get the treatment needed.


Addiction Signs In Medical Staff

It is not easy to identify alcohol or drug dependency in medical professionals because of their ability to behave more or less normally. They are found to be good at maintaining status quo despite their addiction.

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Some of the factors that show a medical practitioner is addicted include:

  • Switching jobs at short intervals.
  • Preference of night shifts where supervision and access to drugs are favourable to them.
  • Dosing while on duty.
  • Often making themselves available to administer narcotics to patients.
  • Desperate to work only in night shifts or put in extra hours.
  • They often do the disappearing act either absence from work or during work.
  • Frequently covering their breath through use of mints or mouthwash and always carrying an alcohol odour.
  • Issues with relationships and finances.
  • Little pupils and flat eyes.
  • Very close to the colleagues that are in the drug department.
  • Lack of focus in their work.

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Reasons For Medical Professionals Becoming Addicted To Alcohol And Drugs

One can come across a number of unique aspects within the profession of a doctor or a nurse which can make them more likely than other occupations to fall prey to a substance addiction. 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. 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.


The Results Of Depending On Drugs When At Work

It's common for physicians who are addicted to make mistakes while working, or abandon patient's treatment, unlike the other healthy physicians. They can be distracted on the job or decide to leave abruptly setting aside important appointments or even surgical procedures to satisfy their urge for the substance.

They are putting their health at risk and even exposing the patients to greater risks. These cravings are easily curbed during the early stage of the illness, although it's always difficult for doctors to admit they are under drug dependence. The sooner this happens, the sooner the treatment can start and undesirable events can be averted sooner.


Statistics Of Abuse Amongst Medical Professionals

Anyone can get addicted to drugs even the people in the medical field. 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. Physicians are supported medically through this scheme to regain wellness and to abstain from stimulants.

Below are focuses of their treatment programs:

  • What should be done to reinstate carrier and reputation.
  • Resuming normal medical work.
  • Resolving penalty affairs and work permit issues.
  • How to overcome the urge to use the drugs again after recovery.
  • Involving in inspections and examination schemes.
  • How they will continue with their lives after the rehab.

Doctors and nurses undergoing treatment for their addiction should feel positive because medical professionals are more likely to stay sober after treatment than others. The success rates are even higher when medical professionals decide to enrol themselves within a treatment program where the staff members are familiar in dealing with medical professionals and the challenges that may be seen with this profession. They will hold your hand throughout the recovery process so that you can get over your addiction in the best way possible.