Addicted Doctors

addiction

On Recovery blog I read a very interesting blogpost on Addicted doctors. The question still remains whether doctors are more prone to addiction than the general population. In short the conclusions mentioned in this blog post on addiction and doctors are

  • There are large numbers of doctors dependent on alcohol and other drugs in the UK. A conservative estimate is 10,000.
  • Addicted doctors are reluctant to seek help
  • Perceived barriers result in late presentations
  • Doctors with good insight and no comorbidity do better
  • Engagement with AA and NA is associated with better outcomes
  • Doctors do much better in terms of recovery than their addicted patients
  • In suicide some systematical reviews point to the possibility that doctors commit suicide more frequently than the general population. Mostly because the have easy access to the means. Doesn’t that apply to addiction as well?