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Dependency Amongst Medical Professionals

Healthcare And Addiction In The Profession


Doctors and nurses are no different from any other people throughout the world, and they too can get affected by an addiction. Doctors and nurses are also prone to addiction and if not handled with care in this case, it can lead to more problems in their work. You may not expect it but addiction occurs in many health care employees. There are so many things which can cause doctors and nurses to become drug abusers, just like other experts in other professions. 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.


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.

While addiction rate in medical professionals is high, the encouraging news is that this group also has a high recovery rate following treatment.


Knowing If A Medical Practitioner Is Addicted

Being highly functional addicts makes it tricky to identify abuse among doctors and nurses. The chances of these professionals maintaining their career, home life along with their substance abuse over a period of time without being noticed by the others remains higher.

If you are a doctor or a nurse and are dealing with an addiction contact 0800 246 1509 and we will help find a treatment centre for you.


Below are few signs that your nurse or physician is an addict:

  • 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.
  • Wanting to work on the drug departments regularly.
  • 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.
  • Trying so much to cover their smell which is always that of alcohol or drugs.
  • Family and monetary problems.
  • Glassy eyes with small pupils.
  • Other Physicians in charge of drugs are always their good friends.
  • Pattern of incomplete charting or errors on reports.

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Understanding The Causes Of Addiction Among Healthcare Professionals

Doctors or nurses are at a greater risk of abusing drugs or alcohol than other professionals because of the nature of their job. One is the relatively easy access to prescription and drugs. 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.


Medical professionals are often required to take decisions on the spur of the moment regarding the health of the patient along with their well-being apart from working during unpredictable and exhausting hours at different times during the day. 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.


The Results Of Depending On Drugs When At Work

Given the nature of their work, doctors and nurses who are addicted are more likely to cause harm that in other professions. 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. It can become difficult for medical professionals to accept that he or she could have an addiction. However, it will be better if the addiction is identified at the earliest to be given the attention it deserves. The identification can help to prevent accidents on the job or not attending to important matters of health issues among patients.


Statistics Of Medical Expert Addictions

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.

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. These programs not only include medical detox but also several other treatment plans which help medical professionals to effectively deal with triggers once they get back to normal life.

Below are focuses of their treatment programs:

  • How to restore your career and reputation.
  • The process of returning to a professional practice.
  • Attending to license and discipline related stuff.
  • Avoiding potential triggers within and outside the workplace.
  • Participation in monitoring programs.
  • The establishment of continued aftercare.

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 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 provide a more personalized and well-targeted care to address the very reason of the abuse thereby effectively guiding the patient.