Drug addiction, alcoholism and physicians go together more than most people would think. Medical doctors are actually at a slightly greater risk than the general public of developing an addiction. There are a number of factors that can explain this, including the stress of the job, and treatment is not always straightforward.
Reporting incidences of substance abuse is not always common, and admitting to having a problem is never easy. There are ways to get effective and stigma-free treatment from physician health programs. [Read more…]