Substance Abuse In The Healthcare Industry

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Over the years substance abuse has been a growing trend in the healthcare industry. Some factors of substance abuse stem as a way to deal with stress, financial woes and peer pressure or as a learned behavior from parents where alcohol and drugs were considered customary. Furthermore, individuals taking medication to cope with pain or mental illness end up getting addicted, because they need something stronger to cope with the pain. As a result, majority of individuals are unaware or aware of their problem. Typically it is just a temporary breather turning to these substances as a short term release, but ultimately it can lead to a dual diagnosis of additional issues. Not only do they still have a mental health problem, but also …show more content…
Most individuals are in denial and over a period of time realize the drugs they are using have power over their life and they begin to rely on the effects produced by the drug. While seeking help, implementing programs to cope with drug addiction is an active step toward taking back control of one’s life. Substance abuse is a growing global epidemic effecting individuals from all cultural backgrounds and age ranges. The Council of Recovery reported that by 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide …show more content…
Healthcare professionals require continuous lifelong learning. Healthcare organizations must have in-house training and development plans to ensure that their professionals achieve competency in new technologies, programs and equipment and are aware of policy and procedures changes. Such organization specific training enables the leadership to share the values, mission goals and polices of the institutions. Clear communication often serves as a retention tool that enables employees to better understand how the organization works and how to be successful in that

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