| Addiction and alcoholism are diseases not moral failings and as such they can affect anyone. Those with careers in medicine are no different and as many as 10% of medical professionals are fighting some form of addiction.
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Physicians are at risk for substance abuse disorders at rates comparable to non-physicians. While overall substance abuse is no more common in physicians than in age-matched controls, abuse of prescription drugs and opiates is more common in physicians. Also, certain specialties, such as anesthesiology, are over-represented among substance abusers. See more details at The Journal of Global Global Drug Policy and Practice, Physicians Impaired by Substance Abuse Disorders.
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Detection of a physician impaired by substance abuse is a challenge, since a physician’s practice is often the last segment of life to be impacted. While colleagues are ethically obligated to report an impaired physician, they are less likely to do so if the physician’s career and reputation will be immediately destroyed. Physician Health Programs (PHPs) in each state have guidelines for treatment and monitoring, and the prognosis for the physician addict is excellent.
“Addiction specialists say the denial that comes with heavy drug use is more acute among medical professionals because of their understanding of narcotics.
“You analyze things to death. You say, ‘I understand medicine, so therefore [I] can’t fall victim to it,’ ” said Sue Sitton, a nurse supervisor at New Day.
That “intellectualization” of drug use, as Sitton calls it, makes it less likely that doctors and nurses will seek help. That’s why hospitals and healthcare clinics have tightened rules over the years to force employees to get help, limit access to certain medications and conduct random drug testing after treatment.”
Healthcare professionals face unique addiction challenges
By Joel Hood. Read the full article here: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/24/nation/la-na-adv-doctor-addicts-20101224
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