Addicted Healers: 5 Key Signs Your Healthcare Professional May Be Drug Impaired

Addicted Healers: 5 Key Signs Your Healthcare Professional May Be Drug Impaired

by Ethan O. Bryson

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Overview

Addicted Healers: 5 Key Signs Your Healthcare Professional May Be Drug Impaired by Ethan O. Bryson

Prescription drug abuse represents a serious and growing public health problem in the medical profession. Popular television dramas like "House" and "Nurse Jackie" present a glamorized side of the spreading addiction epidemic that most people don't believe is real. In real life, you have a right to know what you are getting into when you walk through the doors of a hospital or doctor's office.

Every time you undergo medical treatment or surgery with a drug-impaired professional, you are at risk of injury and fatal malpractice. In Addicted Healers, author Ethan O. Bryson breaks the code of silence by exposing:

What are the signs and symptoms of healthcare professionals' drug-seeking behavior

Which prescription and recreational drugs they are abusing

How healthcare professionals become addicted

Why the public needs to be proactive and get involved

Addicted Healers reveals how the healthcare industry and consumers can stop this expanding, silent epidemic. It also includes treatment options for impaired healthcare workers. Filled with real-life stories of addicted healthcare pros and descriptions of the easily accessed painkillers, tranquilizers and stimulants they abuse, this book just might save your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882823928
Publisher: New Horizon Press
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part I The Scope of the Epidemic

Chapter 1 Harm Caused by Addicted Healthcare Professionals 3

Chapter 2 A Problem More Common than You Think 17

Chapter 3 How Could This Affect Me? 27

Part II How Healthcare Professionals Become Addicted

Chapter 4 The Origins of Addiction 45

Chapter 5 Why Some Healthcare Professionals Become Addicted 59

Chapter 6 What Types of Prescription Drugs Healthcare Professionals Abuse 75

Part III Protecting Yourself from Addicted Healthcare Professionals

Chapter 7 Identifying Addicted Healthcare Professionals 89

Chapter 8 Reporting Impaired Healthcare Professionals 97

Chapter 9 Legal Issues and Addicted Healthcare Professionals 105

Part IV Help and Recovery for Addicted Healthcare Professionals

Chapter 10 Treatment Options 117

Chapter 11 Professional Health Programs 141

Chapter 12 Recovery and Prospects for Returning to Work 155

Part V what Needs to Be Done

Chapter 13 Proactive Measures to Prevent Harm 185

Conclusion: The Need for National Standards and Consistent Policy 199

Acknowledgements 209

Notes 211

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