Getting Treatment As An Addicted Physician

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.

Getting Treatment As An Addicted Physician - Physician Health ProgramReporting 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…]

How Do Doctors Become Addicts?

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.

How Do Doctors Become Addicts - PhysicianHealthProgram.comIn 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.

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Drug-Addicted Doctors & Health Care Professionals?

Drug Addicted Doctors - PhysicianHealthProgram.comDoctors and other health care workers are addicted to drugs in the same proportion as the general population, around 10 to 14 percent. However, it is important to note that among medical professionals, it is emergency room workers, anesthesiologists, and psychiatrists who are much more likely to abuse drugs.

Shouldn’t they know better? And what makes members of these three specialties particularly vulnerable? The issue is an important one. Caregivers hooked on drugs could be causing serious harm to the patients entrusted to their care. [Read more…]

Cross Addiction: Reality Or Myth?

Road - Cross Addiction Reality Or Myth - PhysicianHealthProgram.comIt has long been believed that prior addiction predisposes a person to trouble with drugs and alcohol in the future. According to many chemical dependency experts, once the addictive genie has escaped from its bottle, it will do everything in its power to protect and preserve its freedom, even if it has to switch its drug of choice. [Read more…]

The Inner Emptiness Of Addicts And How To Fill It

How To Fill The Inner Emptiness Of Addiction - PhysicianHealthProgramPeople who have never had a problem with addiction often find it hard to understand what makes addicts chase after drugs, alcohol or any other mind-altering substance. The disease of addiction starts long before the person picks up a drink or a drug. It starts with an inner emptiness that feels like it can’t be filled. [Read more…]

Seconal Sodium Abuse

Seconal Sodium AbuseSeconal Sodium is the brand name for the generic secobarbital, which is a barbiturate drug used in the short-term treatment of insomnia. It is also often used as a sedative before surgery. The medication should only be used for short-term treatments as Seconal Sodium is a barbiturate hypnotic. [Read more…]

Choose Your Pharmacist as Carefully as You Choose Your Doctor

Choose Your Pharmacist as Carefully as You Choose Your DoctorIn the US, prescription drugs are big business. In 2008, Americans spent close to $4 billion on prescriptions, a twelve percent increase over 2004. What’s more alarming, however, is the type of prescriptions that Americans buy. The most lucrative prescription for drug companies in the United States is Vicodin, an extremely popular and addictive painkiller that combines hydrocodone with acetaminophen. Almost twice as much money was spent on Vicodin in 2008 ($124 million), than the next closest prescription drug, Lisinopril ($75.5 million), a high blood pressure medication. [Read more…]

Phentermine Abuse

Phentermine AbusePhentermine is the generic name for the brand name drugs Adipex-P, Ionamin, Obenix, Oby-Cap, Teramine and Zantryl. It is a stimulant that is similar to an amphetamine and is used as an appetite suppressant that can affect the central nervous system. When used in combination with diet, exercise and behavioral modification, phentermine is known to treat obesity in people with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. [Read more…]

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