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Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment:
doi: 10.1097/ADT.0b013e31827b4440
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Addicted Doctors: Prevention Strategies

George, Sanju MRCPsych; Kohli, Sarabjeet MRCPsych

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Abstract

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.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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