Medical professionals have the same level of risk of drug and alcohol abuse as other people. Unattended addiction cases among doctors and nurses may have a profound impact not only to them but also to their patients. Compared to most other industries, medical industry has a higher addiction rate. There could be several reasons why professionals within the medical fraternity are turning to drugs or alcohol but the reasons are no different from many other working professionals who are facing an addiction. 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."
Medical personnel can easily reach most addictive substances, this is what makes them different from other workers, and satisfying this addiction or forming one is very possible for them due to the easy access.
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.
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:
Changing jobs frequently.
Preference of night shifts where supervision and access to drugs are favourable to them.
Falling asleep on the job or during the shift.
Wanting to work on the drug departments regularly.
Desperate to work only in night shifts or put in extra hours.
Visiting bathrooms frequently or taking too many breaks.
Exhibiting signs of using mouthwash or breath mints frequently while smelling of alcohol.
Showing signs of severe stress.
Being too close to the doctor who prescribes medications.
Always making mistakes, or experiencing improper documentation.
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 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. They can decide to practice the feelings/vibration that follows addiction just to hype their satisfaction, because they are aware of how the substance manifests on a person.
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. 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.
How Drug Abuse Affects Work
Given the nature of their work, doctors and nurses who are addicted are more likely to cause harm that in other professions. 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.
Medical professions who abuse drugs harm their health and put the health of their patients at risk. Doctors and nurses addicted to drugs or alcohol might want to dismiss the truth about their condition, but an early intervention and treatment is in their best interest. There is a high chance their professionalism will be affected if they stay addicted to the use of the drugs or alcohol.
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. There are many de-addiction programs created specifically for people working in the medical industry.
Many states have programs that help medical professionals beat their addiction without running the risk of losing their license to practice. 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.
Treatment programs for medical professionals addresses, among others, the following aspects:
Ways to recover your status and job.
The process of returning to a professional practice.
Addressing matters regarding discipline and licensing.
How to overcome the urge to use the drugs again after recovery.
Participation 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. 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 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.