Substance Abuse And Health Care
Doctors and nurses are no different from any other people throughout the world, and they too can get affected by an addiction. It can grow to be overly dangerous for victims and physicians, if it's not handled medically. You may not expect it but addiction occurs in many health care employees. Medical professionals abuse drugs or alcohol for many reasons, just like people in other professions. 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.
Unlike other people, medical professionals can procure drugs more easily, making it easier for them to fall into addiction or continue it.
While addiction rate in medical professionals is high, the encouraging news is that this group also has a high recovery rate following treatment.
Signs Of Substance Abuse In A Medical Expert
Doctors and nurses who are addicted tend to live normally and it is quite difficult to tell if they are really addicted. This implies that they will conveniently satisfy their addiction for a long time, manage their profession and family, without anybody realizing they are addicts.
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Physicians General Abuse Symptoms
- Changing jobs frequently.
- Preference of night shifts where supervision and access to drugs are favourable to them.
- Being exhausted in the middle of the shift
- Interested in taking shift to monitor the patient's' narcotics use.
- Desperate to work only in night shifts or put in extra hours.
- They often do the disappearing act either absence from work or during work.
- Smell of alcohol on the breath or using mouthwash repeatedly.
- Extreme financial, relationship or family stress.
- Dilated pupils
- Being too close to the doctor who prescribes medications.
- Repeated errors in work.
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Reasons For Medical Professionals Becoming Addicted To Alcohol And Drugs
Physicians and nurses have specific area of duty that makes them more prone addictive drugs unlike employees of other fields. Easy access to many popular commonly abused drugs, like Fentanyl and Oxycodone, that medical professionals enjoy is the number one cause of high addiction rate in them. 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.
Doctors are expected to make choices of victimized patients in order to facilitate their recovery, coupled with their unplanned extended work period. Their emotions and psychological state are affected after regretting an action or making wrong decisions, thereby prompting addiction.
Substance Abuse And The Working Environment
It's common for physicians who are addicted to make mistakes while working, or abandon patient's treatment, unlike the other healthy physicians. 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.
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. Acknowledgment or acceptance of their situation is usually the most tricky part of treating the addiction. Tackling the problem sooner than later can prevent accidents and mistakes at work.
Statistics Of Abuse Amongst Medical Professionals
Anyone, including doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals can fall into addiction. 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 have been developed to provide the help and guidance needed by medical professionals through their recovery and to provide methods that can help to avoid the triggers after they are back within their workplace.
Aspects That Are Addressed By Addiction Treatment For Medical Professionals Will Include
- Bouncing back with your career and esteem.
- How to return to work.
- The disciplinary actions that may be taken against them.
- Managing triggers in and out of work.
- Engaging with monitoring programs.
- Creating a constant check-up scheme.
Doctors and nurses undergoing treatment for their addiction should feel positive because medical professionals are more likely to stay sober after treatment than others. They can always get the help in recovery even from their fellow staff members and this aids in their quick recovery. They provide a more personalized and well-targeted care to address the very reason of the abuse thereby effectively guiding the patient.