Drug Abuse In Health Care
Just like every other person, medical professionals are also exposed to drug abuse. The addiction can lead to several negative effects for the professionals within the medical fraternity and their patients at the same time. 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. Some might take drugs to cope up with long-hour shifts or night shifts, some to escape from occupational stress, and some for other reasons.
All over the world, over 100,000 nurses, doctors, technicians and other medical experts are victimized by an addiction of some sort, usually narcotics like Fentanyl and Oxycodone, based on the broadcast of UK Today.
The fact that the people in the medical field can easily get the drugs is what is alarming.
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.
Signs Of Substance Abuse In A Medical Expert
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. 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.
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The following signs indicate addiction problem in medical professionals
- Switching jobs at short intervals.
- 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.
- Being exhausted in the middle of the shift
- Showing eagerness to administer narcotics to patients even when it's not their job.
- They are somewhat uncomfortable when performing a long duty.
- Not always present and always visiting the lavatory.
- Frequently covering their breath through use of mints or mouthwash and always carrying an alcohol odour.
- Suffer from terrible family relations and money problems.
- Dilated pupils
- Unusual friendly relationships with doctors who are prescribing medications.
- Always making mistakes, or experiencing improper documentation.
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The Reason For Substance Abuse By Medical Practitioners
Doctors or nurses are at a greater risk of abusing drugs or alcohol than other professionals because of the nature of their job. One common reason that has been noticed among medical professionals is the temptation to use substance such as oxycodone and fentanyl because of the easy access they have to these powerful substances. The understanding of the "high" effects of these drugs also tempts them to use them and see what really happens.
Their irregular and tiring working patterns which also requires quick thinking and decision making can also contribute to the reasons. When these people assume responsibility for a certain outcome or begin to regret a decision that was made it can have an immense event on their emotions and mental state and can lead to substance abuse.
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.
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.
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.
Many states have programs that help medical professionals beat their addiction without running the risk of losing their license to practice. The program includes support to doctors and nurses in dealing with triggers of their addiction as they resume normal work.
Areas to tackle for the doctors and nurses abuse therapy scheme
- How they can get back to work effectively and keep their respect as doctors.
- The process of returning to a professional practice.
- Resolving penalty affairs and work permit issues.
- Managing triggers in and out of work.
- Importance of taking part in monitoring programs.
- Importance of continued after-care.
It's easier for physicians to completely regain wellness after therapy scheme processes, because they have a greater chance of abstaining from substance abuse. The level of expertise and experience of therapy personnel are also among the contributing factors in the high recovery rate of doctors and nurses undergoing treatment. Specialists at addiction treatment facilities will work with you to identify the underlying reasons for your addiction and help you regain good health again.