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Pharmacists Struggling with Pill Addiction

Pharmacists struggling with pill addictionPharmacists are individuals who have studied about drugs and how drug abuse can lead to dependency and addiction. They are aware of the dangerous side effects and the pitfalls of drug addiction. Pharmacists know the legal consequences of taking drugs illegally. Of anyone, pharmacists should be the ones who steer clear of drug abuse, but pharmacists are human just like everyone else.

How Do Pharmacists Become Addicted to Pills?

Pharmacists have more knowledge than almost anyone else about the dangers of drug abuse, yet they are still prone to drug addiction. In some regards, they are more susceptible to drug abuse than everyone else. Even with strict rules, laws and supervision, they still struggle with temptation. The following are ways a pharmacist may become addiction to pills:

  • Previous addiction: Some users state that they struggled with addiction before becoming a pharmiacist.
  • Stressful work environment: When interviewing pharmacists who have struggled with addiction, many of them claim that use started because of the stress related to the job. This is where medical knowledge can backfire, as pharmacists know exactly what to take to make them feel better.
  • Access to drugs: Who else has a more abundant supply of drugs than pharmacists? Drugs surround pharmacists on a daily basis, and they have found ways to take some for themselves without getting caught.

Regardless of the source of the addiction, pharmacist drug abuse may be more common that you think.

Is Pharmacist Pill Addiction Serious?

Studies show that 46% of pharmacists use prescription drugs illegally. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are all addicted to pills. Statistics show that as many as 15% of pharmacists have struggled with abuse at one point. Some pharmacists claim they were using while on the job. This has led to risking the lives of patients due to improper filling of prescriptions.

Where Can Pharmacists Get Help for Pill Addiction?

Some rehab facilities offer specific programs designed to help pharmacists. These programs are confidential and often covered by insurance companies such as Aetna, Blue Cross, CIGNA and UnitedHealth. Many pharmacists choose an outpatient program, so they can continue to work during rehab. Outpatient programs allow patients to schedule therapy and counseling around work and family obligations. After detox, outpatient treatment will address the psychological side of addiction and provide the education necessary for long-term sobriety.

Are You a Pharmacist Looking to Break Free from Pill Addiction?

It is never too late to get help. If you are looking for a rehab program, information or someone to talk to, we are here to help. We can help you find an inpatient or outpatient program as soon as possible. You can call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day. Don’t do this alone. Call us today.

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