Addiction Among Healthcare Professionals

Statistics show rates of substance abuse among doctors and nurses continues to grow

Prevalence of Substance Abuse Disorder is disproportionately high among healthcare professionals. Stress, exhaustion, and a number of other factors cause people to turn to substances to keep up or cope. As a result, according to American Addiction Centers, 4.4% of people working in healthcare have a problem with heavy alcohol consumption and 5.5% of medical professionals struggle with illicit drug abuse.[1]

One of the most common forms of substance abuse is illicit opioid and narcotic use. The easy access of these types of drugs in a medical setting often causes problem usage to quickly spiral into a problem.[2] This issue is not limited to one type of medical professional. According to the Journal of Clinical Nursing, approximately 20% of all nurses struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol.[3]

However, it is never too late to get control of substance abuse and your life. Studies also show that physicians who receive treatment and participate in ongoing monitoring have a low rate of relapse. One study, for example, one study found that 71% were still sober, licensed, and employed after 5 years. [4]

No matter your role, you deserve help on the road to recovery. Making the choice to get treatment can be the first step toward restoring your career and reestablishing a healthy lifestyle. If this speaks to you, Livengrin’s specialized programs treat healthcare professionals specifically, identifying their specific situation and needs so that they can achieve long-lasting recovery. To learn more, visit us here





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