Addiction treatment centers for physicians are called physician health programs (PHP), and most are run by states. Almost all states have a PHP, which is a treatment facility that is specifically tailored to the needs of doctors and other health care professionals. They are designed to help physicians struggling with addiction to not only get well, but also get back to work. There are several elements of a PHP that makes it different from a typical addiction rehab. [Read more…]
Drug abuse in health care professionals is not uncommon. In fact, physicians and nurses are often more vulnerable to substance abuse and more likely to have a substance use disorder than the general population. It seems counterintuitive and that health care workers should know better than to abuse drugs or drink excessively, but [Read more…]
Brief educational sessions in the use of naloxone are capable of helping laypeople recognize and appropriately react to most of the telltale signs of an overdose, researchers have found.
What surprises and worries many people is that their doctors, the very people they trust for their well-being, are at a high risk for substance abuse and addiction. The problem is at its worst in anesthesiologists, those physicians responsible for putting patients under for surgery.
Doctors with the highest addiction rate are anesthesiologists, but why? What makes doctors vulnerable to substance abuse and why are anesthesiologists at greatest risk? [Read more…]
The California Department of Public Health recently issued a strong statement condemning e-cigarettes as a health threat and asking they be regulated as if they were tobacco products.
In doing so, the department was following the lead of health officials in several other states as concern grows about the sudden expansion of the market for this potentially dangerous [Read more…]
Increased training in substance use disorders enhances the sense of preparedness in resident doctors to properly address the needs of individuals with serious substance problems, according to a study published in September 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse.
Doctors working in emergency rooms and hospitals are often the first [Read more…]
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…]
It seems hard to believe, but doctors often become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Physicians should know better than the average person just how dangerous and harmful substance abuse is, and yet they are vulnerable to developing addictions.
In fact, doctors are slightly more likely to become addicted than anyone in the general population. Work stress and other factors contribute to this phenomenon.
It is important that physicians are aware of the increased risk and take steps to avoid substance abuse and addiction.