The Problem Of Surgeons And Drinking

The Problem Of Surgeons And Drinking-PhysicianHealthProgram.comAs much as 15 percent of surgeons have some kind of alcohol abuse problem, which may come as a shock to most people.

Doctors should know better, right? Alcoholism and physicians is a common combination. The rate of alcoholism among surgeons in particular is higher than in the general population, but why? And what are the consequences of having surgeons, whose patients’ lives are in their hands, struggling with alcohol abuse and addiction? [Read more…]

Why Do Physicians Fail To Self-Report?

Why Do Physicians Struggle with Self-Reporting-physicianhealthprogramDrug 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…]

What Puts Anesthesiologists At Risk For Addiction?

Anesthesiologists Risk For Addiction-www.physicianhealthprogram.comWhat 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…]

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…]

Physician Health Programs Help Doctors Struggling with Prescription Drugs

Physician Health Programs Help Doctors Struggling with Prescription DrugsWhen we think about the prescription drug epidemic few of us include the doctors who prescribe those drugs. And yet around 10-15 percent of physicians wind up dealing with substance abuse at some point in their lives, mostly in the form of prescription drug abuse. Though this is roughly equivalent to rates among the general population, doctors who use substances while still in practice are a risk to their patients and can harm to public confidence. Few physicians are willing to risk seeking treatment for fear of their addiction being discovered, but physician health programs (PHPs) were designed to overcome this very hurdle.

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction Among Anesthesiology Residents

Since they understand human physiology so much better than the rest of us we expect doctors to take proper care of their own bodies. But doctors are human, after all, and they make some of the same bad choices that others do. A new study by an on-staff anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic found that doctors training for a career in anesthesiology abuse some of the same drugs they are learning to administer to patients.

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