While not quite as prevalent as substance addiction among lawyers, the use and/or abuse of drugs and alcohol in the medical profession is a serious issue worthy of critical examination. Indeed, addiction is believed to be the most common cause of impairment among doctors.
In addition, research has found that doctors suffer from substance addictions at appreciably higher rates than the general population. While the estimates of overall drug use among adults range from 8-10%, addiction rates among doctors are believed to be as high as 15%.
Increased access to addictive substances, particularly prescription medications, is considered to be a significant factor contributing to the prevalence of substance abuse among doctors. Fear of professional penalties also creates a zone of silence wherein doctors are less likely to seek treatment for addiction or to report the substance use or abuse problems of a colleague.
As addiction is a progressive disease that strengthens and worsens over time, it is important for those struggling with substance addiction to begin professional treatment as early as possible.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a detoxification and residential treatment program designed to help those at any stage in their addiction. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.