What support options are available for healthcare providers with substance use disorders?

Healthcare providers are at increased risk for developing substance use disorders due to a combination of unique access to substances, high levels of emotional stress and workplace cultures that often do not promote self-care. Peer assistance programs are designed to work with healthcare providers with substance use disorders to keep them accountable and maintain them as active and productive providers. These programs, offer various types of group and individual meeting settings where the individual can see, hear, and meet others i.e. peers who have similar disorders. To further strengthen the effectiveness of these peer programs, law enforcement and licensing boards need to be involved to ensure compliance, complete monitoring efforts and to document effectiveness.

Access “Peer Assistance for Impaired Nurses with Opioid Dependency” at: https://pcssnow.org/event/peer-assistance-and-opioid-dependency/

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