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Dependency Amongst Medical Professionals

Healthcare And Addiction In The Profession


Just like every other person, medical professionals are also exposed to drug abuse. 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 is always an underlying reason as to why a medical practitioner is addicted to alcohol or any other form of drug. 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.


Data suggest no fewer than 100,000 health care professionals abuse drugs, the most common being narcotics like Fentanyl and Oxycodone.


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.

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


Knowing If A Medical Practitioner Is Addicted

Doctors and nurses have been considered as highly functional addicts, and therefore, it can be difficult to recognise signs of dependence upon a drug or alcohol. Despite their addiction, they are able to sustain not only their work life but also home life.

If you are a doctor or a nurse and are dealing with an addiction contact 0800 246 1509 and we will help find a treatment centre for you.


Common signs of addictions in doctors and nurses include:

  • Often shifting their careers.
  • They love working without being monitored, preference of night shifts due to this.
  • This addiction often result to sleeping on duty.
  • Showing eagerness to administer narcotics to patients even when it's not their job.
  • Apprehensive on working the night shifts.
  • Taking frequent breaks to the bathroom or remaining absent without explanations.
  • Smell of alcohol on the breath or using mouthwash repeatedly.
  • Extreme financial, relationship or family stress.
  • Contracted pupils and/or glassy eyes.
  • Other Physicians in charge of drugs are always their good friends.
  • Pattern of incomplete charting or errors on reports.

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Understanding The Causes Of Addiction Among Healthcare Professionals

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 is the relatively easy access to prescription and drugs. 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. Doctors are responsible for health, and many times of life, of others and sometimes negative emotions become so overpowering that they may turn to drugs to cope with them.


The Results Of Depending On Drugs When At Work

The possibility of causing an accident within the workplace or neglecting the health in the patient is higher among addicted medical professionals as compared to their counterparts who may not be facing such issues. 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 patients that are being attended to by these medical practitioners have their lives at risks. 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 Abuse Amongst Medical Professionals

Anyone can get addicted to drugs even the people in the medical field. There are many de-addiction programs created specifically for people working in the medical industry.

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. The doctors will be trained on how they can overcome the desire of using the drugs again when they are back to their workplaces.

Below are focuses of their treatment programs:

  • Bouncing back with your career and esteem.
  • The process of returning to a professional practice.
  • The disciplinary actions that may be taken against them.
  • Getting rid of addictive substances round the entire job area.
  • 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. 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.