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Dependency Amongst Medical Professionals

Drug Abuse In Health Care


Medical professionals have the same level of risk of drug and alcohol abuse as other people. 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. There is always an underlying reason as to why a medical practitioner is addicted to alcohol or any other form of drug. They may want to get rid of some sensitive problems and due to taking some tough choices or during annoying moments, or probably they want to stay active or awake throughout the night.


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


Unlike other people, medical professionals can procure drugs more easily, making it easier for them to fall into addiction or continue it.

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.


Warning Signs Of Dependency Within 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. They are found to be good at maintaining status quo despite their addiction.

We invite you to get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509 to find a suitable treatment program if you are a medical professional struggling with alcohol or drug addiction.


The following signs indicate addiction problem in medical professionals:

  • Changing jobs frequently.
  • They love working without being monitored, preference of night shifts due to this.
  • This addiction often result to sleeping on duty.
  • Often making themselves available to administer narcotics to patients.
  • Anxious about working overtime or extra shifts.
  • Missing work often, or disappearing whilst at work, often said to be "bathroom" breaks.
  • Unusual use of breath freshener.
  • Extreme financial, relationship or family stress.
  • Contracted pupils and/or glassy eyes.
  • Very close to the colleagues that are in the drug department.
  • Incomplete charting or repeated errors in paperwork.

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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. One is the relatively easy access to prescription and drugs. The understanding of the "high" effects of these drugs also tempts them to use them and see what really happens.


Doctors are expected to make choices of victimized patients in order to facilitate their recovery, coupled with their unplanned extended work period. 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.


Occupational Signs Of Abuse

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 end up prescribing the wrong medicine or miss important work that may compromise the life of a patient.

They are putting their health at risk and even exposing the patients to greater risks. Acknowledgment or acceptance of their situation is usually the most tricky part of treating the addiction. This can result in paying attention to vital symptoms in patients, reducing the rate of errors and mistakes during the job.


Information About Drug Addiction In The Medical Field

Holding a license of a medical profession, certainly does not guarantee you a protection against abuse. 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. The doctors will be trained on how they can overcome the desire of using the drugs again when they are back to their workplaces.

Treatment programs for medical professionals addresses, among others, the following aspects:

  • How they can get back to work effectively and keep their respect as doctors.
  • Resuming normal medical work.
  • How to handle issues related with licensing and discipline.
  • Getting rid of addictive substances round the entire job area.
  • Importance of taking part in monitoring programs.
  • The establishment of continued aftercare.

Medical professionals can definitely remain optimistic of their recovery because they are contributing to a higher average among addicts within the subject of maintaining sobriety after treatment. They can always get the help in recovery even from their fellow staff members and this aids in their quick recovery. 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.