Unresolved pain, anger or fear can trigger drug addiction or alcoholism. But there are options other than drugs or alcohol to cope with life’s disappointments. Top 3 healthy coping mechanisms – learn from one woman’s experience here.
Drug addiction is an equal opportunity disease and affects all types of medical professionals. Written by a medical professional in recovery, these 5 tips for doctors, nurses, pharmacists or other professionals can offer you help with drug addictions here.
The disease of addiction still carries stigma. And there is often added stigma for nurse addicts. We offer reasons that society judges medical staff who are substance users and abusers…and suggestions for how to decrease the stigma of drug abuse among nurses here.
Addiction is not a crime. On the contrary, drug and alcohol addiction are treatable illnesses. Here we present guidelines for how medical staff can work with and treat addicts. A must read for all medical professionals treating addicts.
Burnout can trigger addiction. Even more, job burnout can keep medical staff from both personal satisfaction and performance. Learn to recognize burnout in nursing here and get ideas for getting back on your feet.
No matter your age, the death of a loved one can trigger intense emotions of loss and grief. Grief and loss can even trigger drug abuse and misuse. Learn why dealing with grief is important and evaluate 5 coping skills for grief here.
Ever wonder what pills your doctor or nurse is popping? Here, a recovered nurse describes the medications most likely to be abused by health care workers. Learn more about the Top 10 drugs most likely to be used and abused by doctors, nurses, and medical specialists here.
Some medical fields require random drug testing, while others only test if they suspect a problem. However, drug tests should be used to recognize a drug or alcohol problem among healthcare workers. Then, medical institutions should help professionals get the help they need. More on ethics of drug tests in the medical field here.
Reporting a fellow nurse you think has a substance abuse problem should be done in a caring, compassionate way. Ultimately, the nurse needs to be reported to protect her/his life and patients’ lives who are in their care. Tips on reporting nurses with drug use problems here.