Why did you want to become a doctor, nurse or EMT? One of your top motivations was probably that you wanted to help people and make a difference. But when you’re the one who’s struggling, who is helping you?
As inspiring as being a healthcare professional is, it’s no easy feat. Your profession requires years of high-demand schooling and training and extended hours. Plus, endless amounts of people from all walks of life count on you to keep them healthy and safe.
How do you cope when it all becomes too much? Do you turn to alcohol or drugs?
At Footprints Beachside Recovery, we offer an addiction treatment program for healthcare professionals like you. Let us help you overcome addiction, so you can get back to taking care of others.
Why Doctors, Nurses and EMTs Struggle with Addiction
As a doctor, nurse or EMT, it may be difficult to reach out for help with substance abuse. You may feel that, because you’re a healthcare professional who knows about mental health and the dangers of drug use, you should be able to handle this on your own.
But in reality, healthcare professionals can experience addiction just like people outside the medical field because of factors like genetics, trauma and mental health struggles. Medical professionals may even be at greater risk of substance abuse because of the following reasons:
1. Stringent and Challenging Education
It takes years of dedication and hard-work to become a medical provider. For example, surgeons have to complete a four-year undergraduate program, four years of medical school and then another three to eight years of residency. It’s common for healthcare professionals to turn to alcohol or drugs to cope during these grueling years of studying and residency experience.
2. Long, Stressful Work Hours
Healthcare professionals are known for working long hours and being available at all times of the day and night for emergencies. This can take a toll on your own personal health when you’re not getting a sufficient amount of sleep needed. Schedules like these can also be stressors on your family and personal life. Again, alcohol and drugs are oftentimes seen as a way to get through long, exhausting work days.
3. Pressures of Patient Care and Treatment
People trust and count on you to help them. Whether you’re diagnosing and recommending treatment for a seasonal flu or operating to save someone’s life, you’re responsible for patient care. But what if you can’t relieve a patient’s pain? Or what if a patient dies on you in surgery? These stressful and heart-wrenching situations can also trigger substance abuse.
Why Addiction Treatment for Healthcare Professionals at Footprints
You’ve been so focused on putting others’ health needs first. Now, it’s time to step away and do the same thing for yourself at Footprints Beachside Recovery. Our treatment center is located in the old Florida beach town of Treasure Island, giving you the privacy and tranquility you need to disconnect and make recovery your top priority.
Privacy to De-Stress and Heal
Our addiction treatment center for medical professionals offers private accommodations and a calming, quiet oceanfront – exactly what you need to recover from addiction in a private and safe manner. You will have limited access to your phone for pressing work matters, but the majority of the time you’ll be able to focus 100 percent of your energy on recovering from substance abuse.
We Help You Get to the Bottom of Your Addiction
In addiction treatment for healthcare professionals, it is important to understand what led you to drink or use drugs in the first place. Maybe it was the long hours. Or perhaps you were traumatized after losing a patient. At Footprints Beachside Recovery, we aim to help you uncover why you turned to substance abuse to cope. Once these reasons are addressed, you help you develop healthy ways to cope with similar triggers you may face when you return to work.
Treatment Tailored to Your Professional Lifestyle
We take an individualized approach to addiction treatment, knowing that no two addictions are the same. During your stay at Footprints Beachside Recovery, you’ll receive compassionate, personalized care and follow a treatment plan that has been designed to address your unique needs and situation.
Start Your Recovery Today at Footprints Beachside Recovery
You’ve dedicated your life and career to helping others and saving lives. Now, it’s time for us to help you recover from addiction and dual diagnosis disorders. Let us help you save your life and get your career back on track. It is your calling to care for others and we’re determined to help you continue doing just that. Call us today to learn more about our healthcare professionals addiction treatment program and find out how you can get started.