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Drug Addiction

  • Drug addiction in doctors and healthcare professionals does not only lead to the deterioration of their personal, family and social lives, but also greatly affects their work.

    It is estimated that 10% of doctors have a drug problem, which is the same proportion as the population at large. Nonetheless, there is a higher prevalence in use of psychotropic drugs (hypnosedatives, uppers and opiates) in the medical profession, compared to the general public, due to their easy accessibility through self-prescription. The consequences are also more serious. Despite scientific evidence indicating that illegal drug use among doctors is less than that of the population at large, cocaine abuse and addiction in the healthcare sector is also significant and is another reason for requests for treatment.

    Certain areas of specialisation are more at risk of use and abuse of psychotropic drugs due to their widespread use in clinical practise. Their treatment also require specific therapeutic measures.

    At the Galatea Clinic, we have treated 300 healthcare professionals suffering from addiction, the vast majority of whom have succeeded in maintaining abstinence and in recovering their personal and professional lives after completing their therapeutic process with us.

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  • Despite their apparent differences, the common factor in all kinds of drug addictions is the need to take the substance to feel good, or to avoid feeling bad.

    Some alarm signals are:
    - Neglect of everyday responsibilities
    - Substance use in risky situations (e.g.: while driving, at work, etc.)
    - Personal problems due to drug use
    - Drugs are taken to reduce or eliminate signs or symptoms of abstinence
    - Loss of capacity to control or stop consumption
    - Estrangement from other sources of pleasure
    - Alcohol consumption cannot be stopped despite knowing that it is harmful and wanting to stop.

    When the substances abused are sedatives (hypnotics, opiates), intoxication is characterised by seriously compromised psychomotor skills, depending on the dosage and on individual characteristics. Alarmism and anxiety set in during abstinence. When the substances abused are stimulants (such as amphetamines or cocaine), acute intoxication is characterised by general physical and behavioural hyperactivity. Depressive symptoms set in during abstinence.

  • The first step in addressing drug addiction is that the person recognise that their consumption has become a problem.

    It has been shown that treatment of addiction to drugs and medication for doctors and healthcare professionals, when offered in specialised settings like the Galatea Clinic, has excellent results, both in terms of adherence and rehabilitation. The vast majority of those treated have returned to their professional activities.

    Our treatments for drug addiction are:
    - The Intensive Addiction Treatment Programme
    - Detoxification
    - Complete Addiction Evaluation

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