For individuals working in the field of professional medicine, coming to terms with an alcohol abuse problem maybe even more difficult than it is for members of the general population. This is due to several factors, amongst those being the immense guilt and shame that nurses might feel when struggling with alcoholism – after all, nurses are supposed to be shining beacons of hope as far as health and wellness go… right? The truth is, no one is immune to alcohol abuse or dependency. Even those who diagnose others with substance abuse disorders are not safe from the far-reaching devastation of alcoholism.
At Recreate Life Counseling we understand how difficult it can be for those in the medical field to admit that they need the help of another medical professional many of us have been in that same situation, and we truly are speaking from a place of firsthand experience. We also know that there is no better time to seek treatment than the current moment. The longer you put off professional addiction treatment, the more severe the symptoms will become. Addiction is not a one-size-fits-all disease, and treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. At Recreate Life Counseling we know how important your career and your confidentiality are, and we will work tirelessly to provide you with a customized, effective, and efficient program of recovery.
Nurses and Alcoholism
While nurses typically choose their profession because it is immensely rewarding and because they authentically enjoy helping others. However, nursing is also one of the most stressful and time-consuming careers that one can choose to pursue. After working 14 or 16 hour-long shifts, “unwinding” with a glass of wine or two might sound like an excellent idea. However, using alcohol as a method of stress-relief can be a very slippery slope for those in the healthcare profession. Nurses tend to be functional alcoholics 10 percent of all nurses have reported being high-functioning even when they are abusing chemical substances.
This can be a major issue seeing as high-functioning alcoholics might be able to convince themselves more easily that they don’t have a problem. “Well, I still make it to all my shifts.” “I still get my job done, if I had a problem with alcohol then my performance would suffer. There are many other reasons why nurses might turn to alcohol, including (but not limited to):
- An immense amount of pressure. Those in the medical field experience a great deal of pressure to perform their jobs perfectly, which makes sense seeing as they quite literally have the lives of others in their hands daily. The pressure to perform can lead to a host of psychological symptoms like anxiety and depression. To alleviate these symptoms, nurses might turn to self-medicating with alcohol. While consuming alcohol to numb out uncomfortable feelings might work short-term, it will inevitably lead to more severe problems down the road.
- Problems at home. Nurses tend to work extremely long hours, leaving them very little time to dedicate to their loved ones. Nurses who have significant others or families at home will face the emotional burden of spending very little time with them, which can lead to depression, and in turn – alcoholism.
- Certain character traits that can prevent nurses from seeking help. Nurses are typically independent, self-sufficient and extremely determined. These are all admirable character traits, though they could prevent a nurse from seeking professional help for a substance abuse disorder. It is important to recognize that not every battle can be fought without help.
Alcohol Treatment Programs for Nurses
Recreate Life Counseling offers a comprehensive and confidential alcohol rehab program for nurses in which they can safely heal with the support they both need and deserve. If you work as a medical professional and you need help getting sober, we are only a phone call away. We look forward to speaking with you soon and answering every question you might have about our specific recovery program or alcohol recovery in general.