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Addicted Doctors: Prevention Strategies

George, Sanju MRCPsych; Kohli, Sarabjeet MRCPsych

Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment: March 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 1 - p 25–29
doi: 10.1097/ADT.0b013e31827b4440
Original Articles

Objectives: Several studies conducted in the past have shown that doctors are at an increased risk of developing addictive disorders but, because of various reasons, they are very reluctant to seek help. Early detection and treatment are beneficial in reducing the impact that an addictive disorder can have on the doctors’ career and family life.

Methods: Through this opinion “piece” we aim to discuss the various preventative measures, based on the “levels of prevention” model, to target these professionals needing help.

Conclusions: We propose that an overarching body overseeing the detection and treatment of addictive disorders in doctors is set up.

The Bridge Substance Misuse Service, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, UK

S.G. is a GMC-appointed medical examiner for addicted doctors, and has experience of managing addicted health care professionals.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Sarabjeet Kohli, MRCPsych, The Bridge Substance Misuse Service, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham B37 7UR, UK (e-mail: sarabkohli@yahoo.co.uk).

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