Anesthesiologists and Addiction

Anesthesiologists and AddictionAddiction is a growing problem in the medical profession and the field of anesthesiology. Many anesthesiologists who develop drug or alcohol problems avoid treatment for fear of compromising their career. However, with the increasing acceptance of addiction as a legitimate disease, these professionals may now get the help they need without fear of professional reprisal.

Anesthesiologists and Addiction Risk Factors

As a group, anesthesiologists usually experience the following risks for addiction:

  • A high pressure workplace
  • Lack of sleep
  • A stressful environment
  • Access to stress-relieving drugs

Anesthesiologists often work long hours, are constantly on-call and have difficulty relaxing when not on the job. The pressure of knowing that they are responsible for the lives of their patients can cause significant anxiety and stress. As the pressures of a medical career mount, anesthesiologists may feel a great temptation to divert some of the prescription drugs in their care.

Many medical professionals feel that they can handle low level substance abuse because they are aware of how addiction develops, but this overconfidence has been the downfall of countless addicts. Once a person feels the relief of psychological distress, her brain will crave that relief indefinitely, whether she is a trained professional or not.

Inhalant Abuse and Addiction

Some of the most powerfully addictive substances are inhalants. These short-lasting chemicals affect the brain immediately and with such intensity that eclipses alcohol or opiate abuse (CITATION NEEDED?). Anesthesiologists often have unfettered access to inhalants such as nitrous oxide, and many people will become addicted the first time they use these dangerous substances.

Treatment Options for Addicted Anesthesiologists

If left untreated, addiction will destroy your life long before it actually kills you. The following symptoms are virtually inevitable with long-term substance abuse:

  • Neurological damage
  • Tremors
  • Relational dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Legal problems
  • Financial problems
  • Organ failure
  • Brain damage
  • Psychosis

Anesthesiology requires precision, attention to detail, reliability and interpersonal skills. The problem is that addiction gradually destroys all of these things. If you can’t end this destructive cycle, then your career will eventually become unsustainable.

Free and Confidential Addiction Help

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