According to studies, between 15-20% of aviation incidents around the globe involved pilots who tested positive for the use of substances. Frighteningly, research conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicates that drug use among pilots is actually increasing.
The most commonly used substance among pilots was found to be the over-the-counter antihistamine known as diphenhydramine, a common ingredient in cold medications and sleep aids. The long shifts and regular contact with the public do place pilots and other airline personnel at greater risk of contagious diseases.
Aviation employees have also been known to use or abuse stimulants to deal with exhaustion on the job and to turn to alcohol and other drugs to deal with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression that may be caused by a schedule of regular travel.
Addiction is a progressive disease that will strengthen and get worse over time. If you or someone you love may be struggling with a substance addiction, it is important to seek and 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 and learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.