Medical professionals have the same level of risk of drug and alcohol abuse as other people. Doctors and nurses are also prone to addiction and if not handled with care in this case, it can lead to more problems in their work. There is a high ratio of abuse found among medical practitioners in the work areas. 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. Some might take drugs to cope up with long-hour shifts or night shifts, some to escape from occupational stress, and some for other reasons.
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.
Doctors and nurses can be considered slightly different from other professionals because of their easy accessibility to some of the popular sought-after drugs because it is easier for them to lay their hands on the drugs and to create or feed an addiction.
It is found that these healthcare professionals has high success rates of recovering from the abuse matching the high rate of addiction among them.
Warning Signs Of Dependency Within Medical Professionals
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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Common signs of addictions in doctors and nurses include:
Frequency of job changes.
Preferring to work during the night when there is a lack of supervision and access to prohibited substances is easy.
This addiction often result to sleeping on duty.
Wanting to work on the drug departments regularly.
They are somewhat uncomfortable when performing a long duty.
Missing work often, or disappearing whilst at work, often said to be "bathroom" breaks.
Frequently covering their breath through use of mints or mouthwash and always carrying an alcohol odour.
Family and monetary problems.
Glassy eyes with small pupils.
Unusual friendly relationships with doctors who are prescribing medications.
Always making mistakes, or experiencing improper documentation.
The Reason For Substance Abuse By Medical Practitioners
Doctors or nurses are at a greater risk of abusing drugs or alcohol than other professionals because of the nature of their job. One is the relatively easy access to prescription and drugs. 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.
Medical professionals are often required to take decisions on the spur of the moment regarding the health of the patient along with their well-being apart from working during unpredictable and exhausting hours at different times during the day. Their emotions and psychological state are affected after regretting an action or making wrong decisions, thereby prompting addiction.
Substance Abuse And The Working Environment
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. 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.
The patient's life and wellness is threatened when treated by a physician with drug abuse, as well as equally placing the physician's life 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.
Statistics Of Medical Expert Addictions
Anyone can get addicted to drugs even the people in the medical field. However, these doctors and nurses can get treatment specifically for them and not addicts in other professions.
A number of states are offering programs for doctors and nurses in order to overcome their addiction while also making sure that they do not lose their license or 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:
How to restore your career and reputation.
The transition from drug abuse back to the medical work.
The disciplinary actions that may be taken against them.
How to handle triggers.
Engaging with monitoring programs.
Creating a constant check-up scheme.
It's easier for physicians to completely regain wellness after therapy scheme processes, because they have a greater chance of abstaining from substance abuse. They can always get the help in recovery even from their fellow staff members and this aids in their quick recovery. They will ensure your wellness is regained and carefully follow up your case to fish out the underlying issues associated with your abuse.