The Challenges Addicted Doctors & Nurses Face Require Specialized Diagnosis and Treatment – PART TWO

[Note to Reader: This is “Part Two” in a 2-part blog-post. Please go to Archives for “Part One.”] In seeking to maximize patient safety, all U.S. states offer some form of an “impaired healthcare professionals program” aimed at assisting doctors, nurses and others in the healthcare field who’re struggling with a substance use disorder to…

Addicted Nurses Who Seek Treatment Can Save Lives… Theirs AND Their Patients!

It should go without saying that nurses who have an untreated substance use disorder (addiction to alcohol or drugs) are not only endangering themselves, but their patients, as well. One of the key words in this statement is “untreated.” Why? Because untreated implies addiction is treatable. Indeed, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,…

addiction in doctors and nurses showing in man with hand over his face in hospital

Rehab-Recovery 101: Addressing Addiction and Shame in Doctors and Nurses

“Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.” – George Soros   Having been in recovery for 22-plus years, I must say it seems rare for me to hear someone has easily admitted to having a problem with alcohol…