Are You an Addicted Doctor Trying to Quit on Your Own? Confidential Help and Treatment are Available

According to research published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, most physicians who abuse or become addicted to prescription drugs describe their motivation, not as being pleasure- or recreational thrill-seeking, but rather: To relieve stress To diminish physical pain To cope with emotional challenges or upset To cope with undiagnosed depression Nonetheless, if you are…

Some Basic Facts to Know About Withdrawal Management and Medication-Assisted Treatment for Detoxing from Opioids

According to a current assessment published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), “Opioids are the most effective and widely used drugs in the treatment of severe pain.”[1] Given they’re so commonly used, what is problematic is how addictive these powerful pharmaceutical drugs are. The Mayo Clinic states, “Opioids are highly addictive, in large…

Facing the Problem of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in Medical Professionals

  Given medical professionals—surgeons, doctors, nurses, etc.—have dedicated huge amounts of schooling, training time and effort to prepare for their jobs and then go on to dedicate their lives to helping others recover their health and wellness, their very lives in some cases, it may seem paradoxical there would be such high percentages of alcoholism…

ER Doctors Show High Success Rate Following Treatment of Substance Use Disorders with Physician Health Program Monitoring

In a study published in the West Journal of Emergency Medicine[1]—the first published report of its kind—examining the performance and outcomes of emergency room doctors enrolled in Physician Health Programs (PHPs) for substance use disorders (SUDs), it was found emergency physicians (EPs) do well following treatment of SUDs with monitoring in PHPs and generally return…

If You’re an Attorney or Legal Professional Seeking Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder, Treatment Specific to Your Needs is Available

It turns out healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, etc.) are not the only professionals facing unique challenges regarding issues of substance use and finding appropriate sources for recovery from addiction. Lawyers and other legal professionals, too, have been shown to be a high-risk group for substance use disorders. Fortunately, though, treatment programs that focus on those…

Some Reflections on Treatment and Recovery for Dentists with Substance Use Disorders – PART TWO

When most dentists show up for work at a dental office, they’re not working alongside another dentist who is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Still, statistics indicate anywhere from 12 to 19% of dentists face a substance use disorder within their lifetime.[1] Given this understandably surprising (if not startling) information, the question arises: What can…

Some Considerations for Pharmacists with Substance Use Disorders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that 10-15% of healthcare professionals will misuse drugs or alcohol at some point in their career, which is similar to the rate of the rest of the population.[1] However, there are numerous occupational hazards unique to pharmacists involving risk factors such as: · Easy access…

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Why Addiction Treatment Is Different for Professionals

When dealing with a substance abuse issue, addicted professionals must deal with it differently. Being a professional puts addiction in a completely different light and calls for distinctive addiction treatment solutions. There are many professionals who are addicted to some substance or another, but people often don’t realize the extent of their problem. Sometimes professionals…

More Than Half of Pandemic Healthcare at Risk for Mental Health Issues and Alcohol Abuse  

Given the current COVID-19 health crisis, every U.S. community depends on the mental health of its frontline healthcare workers, including emergency and hospital personnel, doctors and nurses. According to a new study, those regularly facing pandemic-related stressors are at greater risk for mental health problems. The research, which was published in the November 2020 online…

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Doctors – Not Uncommon, But Treatment is Available and Recovery is Possible

According to research conducted by Lisa Merlo, PhD, a researcher at the University of Florida’s Center for Addiction Research and Education and published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, while doctors abuse alcohol or drugs at about the same rate as the general public, they’re five times as likely to abuse prescription drugs.[1] There are…