Drug Treatment Programs for Nurses

Generally speaking, the role of a nurse practitioner is to assist a medical doctor in providing care. Depending on what type of nurse you are, you might work extremely long hours and have very little time for yourself. The stress of the position itself coupled with little time to practice self-care can lead to serious mental and emotional strain. For this reason, and because nurses have easy access to a wide range of prescription medications, drug abuse is very common amongst medical professionals.

According to a study recently published by American Nurse Today, one out of every 10 nurses is either in recovery for a substance abuse problem or is actively abusing drugs or alcohol. Fortunately, there are a variety of resources available to nurses who are struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, from residential treatment to intensive outpatient programs.

At Recreate Life Counseling, we offer several different treatment options for nurses, keeping in mind the importance of confidentiality and the fact that not all nurses can completely step away from their careers. If you have been struggling with a substance abuse issue and you need help to successfully quit, reach out to us today – we can help.

Drug Treatment Programs for Nurses

Inpatient Treatment VS. Outpatient Treatment 

Inpatient (or residential) treatment options are for those with moderate to severe substance dependency issues, and typically last from between 30 and 90 days depending on the severity of the drug abuse. Inpatient rehab is a good idea for nurses who have been abusing highly addictive and dangerous chemical substances like heroin, alcohol, prescription painkillers, methamphetamine or cocaine. 

We Can Help Nurses with Addiction Problems

At Recreate Life Counseling, our inpatient services provide patients with ongoing support and 24-hour care. We implement therapeutic methodologies to help with emotional and mental healing and work hard to instill the coping mechanisms needed to maintain sobriety for years to come – regardless of occupation. Outpatient treatment is less intensive and allows nurses to undergo several hours of treatment every day but still return home once treatment is over.

Outpatient treatment options are generally suggested for those who have very minor substance abuse issues (several glasses of wine per night as opposed to a half-gallon of vodka, for example), or who are abusing less chemically addictive drugs like marijuana or hallucinogens. However, we know that as a nurse you might not be able to step away for months and complete an inpatient program – so we will work closely with you to develop a personalized program that tackles all of your individual needs. 

Drug Treatment for Nurses – Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions that are frequently asked by those in the medical field; predominantly by nurses who have been struggling with a substance abuse disorder:

Q: What is Executive Treatment?

A: Executive Treatment is an ideal treatment option for those who prefer if their professional lives were minimally impacted. Executive Treatment Centers work to help patients overcome addiction without keeping them away from their careers or obligations.

Q: How costly will drug addiction treatment be?

A: Those who work in the medical field full-time generally have access to very good healthcare plans. Insurance will generally cover most – or all – of the cost of treatment. There are also self-pay options available.

Q: What will happen if my employer finds out that I need drug rehab?

A: While there are severe legal repercussions for medical professionals who are found to be intoxicated on the job, nurses cannot legally be discriminated against for seeking and attending treatment. We will do all we can to ensure your confidentiality. It is important to seek help immediately, because nurses found to be intoxicated can lose their licenses permanently, and in some cases even face serious jail time.

If you work as a nurse and you have been struggling with substance abuse, we are available to help. Give us a call today and we will help you to determine which treatment option is right for you.