Use Of Drugs In The Medical Field
It is not surprising to know that addiction also happens among medical practitioners and nurses. 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. 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.
According to UK Today "throughout the country in excess of 100,000 doctors, nurses, technicians and other health professional's struggle with abuse or addiction which mostly involve narcotic substances like oxycodone and fentanyl."
Doctors and nurses can be considered slightly different from other professionals because of their easy accessibility to some of the popular sought-after drugs because it is easier for them to lay their hands on the drugs and to create or feed an addiction.
However, statistics shows that these people also tend to withdraw faster than people in other professions.
Warning Signs Of Dependency Within Medical Professionals
Due to their high rate of performance during their addiction, it's very hard to identify drug or alcohol addiction in physicians or nurses. Despite their addiction, they are able to sustain not only their work life but also home life.
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The following signs indicate addiction problem in medical professionals
- Often shifting their careers.
- They love working without being monitored, preference of night shifts due to this.
- Being exhausted in the middle of the shift
- Unusual frequency to volunteer of drug administration to patients.
- Anxiety over working on extended hours.
- 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.
- Suffer from terrible family relations and money problems.
- Contracted pupils and/or glassy eyes.
- Other Physicians in charge of drugs are always their good friends.
- Repeated errors in work.
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Reasons For Medical Professionals Becoming Addicted To Alcohol And Drugs
Doctors or nurses are at a greater risk of abusing drugs or alcohol than other professionals because of the nature of their job. One of the main ones is the fact that they can easily get the drugs in their workplaces without being suspected of anything. Medical professionals because of their knowledge in this field understand better than most which drug produces what kind of effect, and unfortunately many use their knowledge to achieve a high or euphoric state by irresponsibly using narcotics and other drugs.
Their irregular and tiring working patterns which also requires quick thinking and decision making can also contribute to the reasons. Instances of regrettable and depressing situations where they may blame themselves fully or partially about it also contributes to their substance abuse.
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.
Medical professions who abuse drugs harm their health and put the health of their patients at risk. Acknowledgment or acceptance of their situation is usually the most tricky part of treating the addiction. There is a high chance their professionalism will be affected if they stay addicted to the use of the drugs or alcohol.
Statistics Of Medical Expert Addictions
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.
You can still keep your job as you continue treatment for your addiction and this is a program that is working on some states in the UK. The program includes support to doctors and nurses in dealing with triggers of their addiction as they resume normal work.
Aspects That Are Addressed By Addiction Treatment For Medical Professionals Will Include
- Ways to recover your status and job.
- The procedures of resuming duty as a specialist.
- How to handle issues related with licensing and discipline.
- Getting rid of addictive substances round the entire job area.
- Regular check in with the support group and counsellors.
- Importance of continued after-care.
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.