Anyone can be addicted to the use of drugs or alcohol no matter the profession they are in. The addiction can lead to several negative effects for the professionals within the medical fraternity and their patients at the same time. You may not expect it but addiction occurs in many health care employees. There is always an underlying reason as to why a medical practitioner is addicted to alcohol or any other form of drug. The pressure that comes with their job could be one of the reasons as to why they have resorted to the use of the drugs.
Oxycodone and Fentanyl are the most abused drugs by over 100,000 medical practitioners and this is according to the UK Today newspaper.
The attribute that makes addiction among doctors and nurses unique is their access to the drugs.
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.
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Common signs of addictions in doctors and nurses include:
Often shifting their careers.
They are more interested in working at night where it's easier to reach any drugs coupled with the fact that little inspections are carried out during this period.
This addiction often result to sleeping on duty.
Often making themselves available to administer narcotics to patients.
Apprehensive on working the night shifts.
They often do the disappearing act either absence from work or during work.
Smell of alcohol on the breath or using mouthwash repeatedly.
Issues with relationships and finances.
Contracted pupils and/or glassy eyes.
Uncommon friendly attitude towards doctors with access to prescription drugs.
The Reason For Substance Abuse By Medical Practitioners
Substance abuse among medical personnel may be attributed to a number of distinct characteristics of a doctor's or nurse's work. 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.
Their irregular and tiring working patterns which also requires quick thinking and decision making can also contribute to the reasons. 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
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. Their lack of focus or instability when it comes to priority greatly impacts their performance.
Doctors and nurses who are dealing with a substance addiction are not just putting themselves at a risk but are also playing around with the well-being of the patients within their care. These doctors need to get the assistance as soon as possible before the addiction gets out of hand and interferes with their jobs. The identification can help to prevent accidents on the job or not attending to important matters of health issues among patients.
The Statistics Of Addiction In The Healthcare World
Doctors and nurses are working in a profession that is highly regarded and respected. However, they are certainly not immune to addictions. There are many de-addiction programs created specifically for people working in the medical industry.
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. The doctors will be trained on how they can overcome the desire of using the drugs again when they are back to their workplaces.
Areas to tackle for the doctors and nurses abuse therapy scheme:
What should be done to reinstate carrier and reputation.
The transition from drug abuse back to the medical work.
Resolving penalty affairs and work permit issues.
Avoiding potential triggers within and outside the workplace.
Involving in inspections and examination schemes.
How they will continue with their lives after the rehab.
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 level of expertise and experience of therapy personnel are also among the contributing factors in the high recovery rate of doctors and nurses undergoing treatment. They will ensure your wellness is regained and carefully follow up your case to fish out the underlying issues associated with your abuse.