Addiction – Professionals
High-functioning addicts — a term attributed to people who have substance use disorders yet manage to maintain a job, support a family and sustain busy social lives — often perform well in the workplace […]
Firefighters are true heroes. They save others and risk their lives on a daily basis. They devote their lives to rescuing others. Firefighters are the ones running toward the fire when everyone else is […]
By Gregory Skipper, MD, Director of Professional Health Services at Promises As medical professionals, an important aspect of holding ourselves to ethical guidelines and standards of conduct is recognizing when we may be working […]
By Gregory Skipper, MD, Medical Director, Promises Professionals Treatment Program Why do we physicians become addicted? And, once addicted, why are we likely to deny a problem exists and unlikely to seek help … […]
By Matthew Goldenberg, D.O., Board Certified Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry Associate Medical Director, Promises Professionals Treatment Program It is estimated that 10% to 14% of the U.S. population is addicted to drugs or alcohol. […]
By Gregory Skipper, MD, Medical Director, Promises Professionals Treatment Program It has long been recognized that physicians face heavier workloads and more intense stressors than the average working professional. We expect a lot from […]
By Matthew Goldenberg, D.O. Board Certified Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry Associate Medical Director, Promises Professionals Treatment Program Why Physician Burnout? For most physicians working in clinical practice today, the hours are long and pressure […]
By Matthew Goldenberg, D.O. Board Certified Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry Associate Medical Director, Promises Professionals Treatment Program Doctors devote their careers to the well-being of others, yet research shows that almost half admit to […]
By Greg Skipper, MD A friend of mine went to play golf in Scotland, and while there he went to a pub to get a sandwich. The pub owner asked why he was in […]
What happens when a doctor is suspected of struggling with drugs or alcohol? In the past, he or she would have been called before a committee or confronted at work and referred directly to addiction treatment. Today, there is a comprehensive strategy that evaluates and treats mental illness and addiction as medical diseases. This process serves to improve outcomes and minimizes unnecessary shame, confrontation and embarrassment.
Kristin Waite-Labott, a recovering drug-addicted nurse, vividly remembers the first time she took the opioid painkiller fentanyl. “There’s getting high and there’s getting lost, and I just feel like I got lost once I […]
For Cathy Johnson-Delaney, the drug of choice was sevoflurane. Twice in June 2013, employees at her Kirkland, Washington, animal clinic witnessed Johnson-Delaney, a veterinarian of more than 30 years, inhaling the sweet-smelling anesthetic through a mask in the operating room.
Results from the first mental health survey of U.S. veterinarians show that the people who care for our beloved pets contemplate taking their own lives at three times the national average.
The nurse is the glue that holds most medical operations together. Yet, it has been estimated that as many as 10 to 15 percent of them are substance-impaired while on the job. What should […]