Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Treatment Program For Nurses
Nurses are, more likely than not, the first health care professional a patient sees. They’re also, in the event of hospitalization, the last one they’ll see before discharge … or worse. They’re the front line and the last line of defense in the health care industry, and the job comes with a myriad of difficulties, stressors and dangers that can lead to addiction.
- A 2015 survey in of registered nurses in 12 European countries found that nurses who work 12-hour shifts are more likely to burn out than nurses who work shorter hours.
- In a survey published in Nursing Times, 63 percent of participating nurses said they experienced physical or mental side effects of job-related stress, with many of them reporting working more than 10 hours of overtime each week.
- A 2009 Depression and Anxiety survey revealed that 22 percent of participating nurses displayed symptoms of PTSD and 18 percent of participants met the diagnostic criteria for the disorder. Nearly everyone who met the criteria also tested positive for Burnout Syndrome.
It’s little wonder, then, that the American Nurses Association estimates that up to 10 percent of nurses abuse drugs or alcohol. Combined with the relatively easier access to controlled medication, stress, fatigue and injuries sustained on the job make substance abuse all the more tempting. And because of the sense of duty nurses have toward their patients and their careers, they often don’t seek help until a mistake is made … at which point, injuries can occur and lives can be lost.
At Cornerstone of Recovery, our Professionals Program is designed specifically for careers like nursing. When we work our patients who have careers centered around caregiving, the dynamic is different; caregivers who are seeking treatment usually have a difficult time transitioning into the role of a patient, a role that requires they themselves receive care. We help those individuals separate their personal needs from their professional duties and then assist them in putting care of themselves over the care of others, a dynamic that’s often turned upside down in the high-pressure world of the medical field.
The first stop at Cornerstone’s rehab program for substance abuse treatment is medical detox, where patients are safely and slowly withdrawn from the drugs and alcohol they’ve been taking; our trained medical staff members offer around-the-clock monitoring and care until patients are ready to transition into a community of peers from all walks of life. Their general treatment program focuses on self-care, but the specific treatment path for Professionals offers something more: an examination of the boundaries between personal lives and careers that are often blurred. We give you the tools you need to reset those boundaries and to protect yourself from your own expectations and those of others. We give you the tools you need to reset those boundaries and to protect yourself from your own expectations and those of others.
In addition to participating in the Professionals Program, you will also be a part of the general treatment programs that we offer. You can find detailed descriptions of those programs under the Treatment Programs tab of this website. Professionals Program Director Dr. Janet Hicks, a trained pharmacist who’s worked for years in the addiction treatment field, will work closely with you and your state monitoring boards to help you return to work when you’re ready. We understand the dread and fear you feel over the possibility of losing your nursing license, but we’ve treated hundreds of medical professionals over the years, and various boards and monitoring agencies have come to trust Cornerstone’s treatment plan as one of the best in the nation.
At Cornerstone, you’re in good hands. It’s time to relinquish the rigorous demands you’ve placed on yourself and let us be the caregivers for a change. Call today and ask for Dr. Janet Hicks to see if our Professionals Program can help you find your way out of the cloud of hopelessness you currently feel.
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