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Dependency Amongst Medical Professionals

Healthcare And Addiction In The Profession


Anyone can be addicted to the use of drugs or alcohol no matter the profession they are in. It can grow to be overly dangerous for victims and physicians, if it's not handled medically. There is a high ratio of abuse found among medical practitioners in the work areas. There are so many things which can cause doctors and nurses to become drug abusers, just like other experts in other professions. 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.

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.


Drug Dependence Symptoms Among Medical Professionals

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.

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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 love working without being monitored, preference of night shifts due to this.
  • Falling asleep on the job or during the shift.
  • Interested in taking shift to monitor the patient's' narcotics use.
  • They are somewhat uncomfortable when performing a long duty.
  • Missing work often, or disappearing whilst at work, often said to be "bathroom" breaks.
  • Exhibiting signs of using mouthwash or breath mints frequently while smelling of alcohol.
  • Family and monetary problems.
  • Glassy eyes with small pupils.
  • Other Physicians in charge of drugs are always their good friends.
  • Lack of focus in their work.

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Reasons Drugs And Alcohol Are Chosen By Medical Experts

Medical practitioners that abuse drugs usually do so because of may reasons. One of the main ones is the fact that they can easily get the drugs in their workplaces without being suspected of anything. 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. 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.


Substance Abuse And The Working Environment

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. Addicted medical professionals might have problem focusing on the job on hand or miss important appointments or not complete a procedure as per the guidelines.

The patients that are being attended to by these medical practitioners have their lives at 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.

Their treatment and recovery process usually entails many things such as:

  • Ways to recover your status and job.
  • Resuming normal medical work.
  • Attending to license and discipline related stuff.
  • Getting rid of addictive substances round the entire job area.
  • Participation in monitoring programs.
  • 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 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.