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Dependency Amongst Medical Professionals

Drug Abuse In Health Care


Doctors and nurses are no different from any other people throughout the world, and they too can get affected by an addiction. The addiction can lead to several negative effects for the professionals within the medical fraternity and their patients at the same time. Among the many professionals, the medical field is one that comprises of people that are highly addicted. There could be several reasons why professionals within the medical fraternity are turning to drugs or alcohol but the reasons are no different from many other working professionals who are facing an addiction. 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.


Oxycodone and Fentanyl are the most abused drugs by over 100,000 medical practitioners and this is according to the UK Today newspaper.


Medical personnel can easily reach most addictive substances, this is what makes them different from other workers, and satisfying this addiction or forming one is very possible for them due to the easy access.

The percentage of professionals within the medical fraternity suffering from addictions can possibly be high. However, this group also has an exceptional rate of recovery when they decide to get the treatment needed.


Knowing If A Medical Practitioner Is Addicted

It is not easy to identify alcohol or drug dependency in medical professionals because of their ability to behave more or less normally. 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:

  • Constantly moving from one job to the other.
  • Preferring to work during the night when there is a lack of supervision and access to prohibited substances is easy.
  • Dozing off during working hours.
  • Unusual frequency to volunteer of drug administration to patients.
  • They are somewhat uncomfortable when performing a long duty.
  • Taking frequent breaks to the bathroom or remaining absent without explanations.
  • Trying so much to cover their smell which is always that of alcohol or drugs.
  • Showing signs of severe stress.
  • Little pupils and flat eyes.
  • Other Physicians in charge of drugs are always their good friends.
  • Lack of focus in their work.

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Reasons Behind The Rate Of Drug And Alcohol Dependency In The Medical Industry

Substance abuse among medical personnel may be attributed to a number of distinct characteristics of a doctor's or nurse's work. Since physicians have the permission to reach any of those highly recommended drugs which is not properly recorded when issued, they can easily become addicted to drugs like Oxycodone or Fentanyl. The understanding of the "high" effects of these drugs also tempts them to use them and see what really happens.


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.


Occupational Signs Of Abuse

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 don't mind leaving their occupational functions to satisfy their addiction, whether the function is vital or has to do with any medical operation.

They are putting their health at risk and even exposing the patients to greater 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. There is a high chance their professionalism will be affected if they stay addicted to the use of the drugs or alcohol.


Information About Drug Addiction In The Medical Field

Holding a license of a medical profession, certainly does not guarantee you a protection against abuse. Fortunately several treatment programs have been designed specifically to cater to the needs of medical professionals and to offer them a fresh, and healthy starts to their careers.

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. Physicians are supported medically through this scheme to regain wellness and to abstain from stimulants.

Areas to tackle for the doctors and nurses abuse therapy scheme:

  • Bouncing back with your career and esteem.
  • Resuming normal medical work.
  • Addressing matters regarding discipline and licensing.
  • Getting rid of addictive substances round the entire job area.
  • Engaging with monitoring programs.
  • The establishment of continued aftercare.

Doctors and nurses undergoing treatment for their addiction should feel positive because medical professionals are more likely to stay sober after treatment than others. When the addicted physician is placed on a facility where there are workers that know how to take care of doctors or nurses and also understand the risks involved in the illness, the recovery is bound to be successful. They will hold your hand throughout the recovery process so that you can get over your addiction in the best way possible.