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Addiction Treatment
For Pharmacists

Helping Clients Identify, Address, and Heal
from Addiction & Co-Occurring Disorders

Chardon Addiction Treatment Center

People often view pharmacists as friendly and knowledgeable gateways into the complex world of prescription medication. While patients typically go to their primary care physicians or other specialists for routine healthcare and treatment, they rely on pharmacists to provide them with the medications they need to live comfortably. Consequently, pharmacists serve an important function in our society, helping to keep people healthy and informed on the medications they use each and every day.

However, there’s a common misconception that pharmacists have it “easier” than physicians or other medical professionals who work directly with patients to diagnose and treat illnesses. The reality is that pharmacists also work in high-stress environments. They have to fill dozens or perhaps hundreds of subscriptions every day, while also answering questions from patients and managing clerical tasks. Even a tiny miscalculation could result in health issues for the person taking medication. And unlike some physicians, most pharmacists often have little respite from the constant onslaught of patients in need of their prescriptions.

Sadly, the connection between pharmacists and substance abuse has not received enough attention in recent years. The exact percentage of pharmacists addicted to drugs is unknown, but studies from 2003 found that roughly 12.8% of pharmacists abuse prescription drugs, particularly opioids and stimulants.[1] Anonymous interviews with pharmacists have revealed some of the most common reasons for substance abuse in the industry, which include daily access to potent drugs, stressful work environments, and lack of support for pharmacists seeking addiction treatment.[2]

These studies focus specifically on the misuse of prescription drugs. There’s even less information available on the prevalence of illicit drug abuse and alcohol abuse among pharmacists. However, research on the mental health of pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic revealed that 75% of respondents reported feelings of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment.[3] Nationwide data shows that alcohol and drug addiction spiked between 2020 and 2022, and considering that pharmacists were among the many healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic, it stands to reason that substance abuse has only increased among this demographic in recent years.

If you or a loved one is a pharmacist, you don’t need to search for help any longer. At Prosperity Haven, we offer discrete, specialized drug and alcohol treatment for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry. Our programs address the specific needs and unique experiences of medical professionals working in high-stress environments. Continue reading to learn more about inpatient drug and alcohol rehab for pharmacists and to see how it could save you or someone important in your life.

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Why Pharmacists With Addiction Need Specialized Care

Pharmacists work in a high-stress environment that is somewhat unique in the healthcare industry. Many pharmacies operate as part of larger business chains, such as convenience or grocery stores. However, even independent pharmacies combine healthcare services with responsibilities more closely related to the retail industry. This means that many pharmacists have to properly compose medications, ensure the correct dosages, offer advice and answer questions, retrieve prescription and non-prescription medications for patients, fill out paperwork, and even act as cashiers to finalize purchases. All of these activities result in a very stressful workplace for pharmacists.

There are other factors to consider when accounting for the high rates of mental health issues and substance abuse among pharmacists. While pharmacists do not typically require as much schooling as physicians, they do need to attend a four-year program in addition to a standard four-year degree. These years can be extremely taxing on aspiring pharmacists, who must learn very complex formularies and regulatory standards. Once pharmacists graduate and begin working, they must continuously update their knowledge as new drugs are created and more advanced treatment options enter the market.

There’s also the concern of access to prescription drugs. While most medical professionals have relatively easy access to prescription drugs, pharmacists work with them every single day. Prescribing stimulants, opiates, anti-anxiety medication, and other drugs that can be addicting increases the chances of misuse, abuse, and addiction. If and when an addiction develops, pharmacists are less likely than the average person to seek out treatment for fear of losing their jobs and facing unwanted backlash from their peers.

Experiences with substance abuse can also differ based on the type of work a pharmacist does. Not every pharmacist works behind the counter at a traditional pharmacy. Many work more directly with patients in the field, while others might provide pharmaceutical services to specific businesses or industries. Here are just a few of the most common types of pharmacists that must be considered when crafting a comprehensive drug and alcohol rehab program:

  • Community pharmacist
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Industrial pharmacist
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Consultant pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Ambulatory care pharmacist
  • Pharmacy specialist
  • Critical care pharmacist
  • Pediatric pharmacist
  • Pharmacy technician

This is not a complete list of every type of pharmacist or every job that works in conjunction with pharmacists, but it does cover many of the most common pharmaceutical job titles. Each of these jobs requires unique responsibilities and comes with different degrees of stress and exhaustion. These responsibilities can initiate varied kinds of mental health issues and potentially trigger substance abuse. For example, an ambulatory care pharmacist may be more likely to deal with death and severe illness on a daily basis, while a community pharmacist might have to deal with the stress of heavy workloads and frustrated customers.

What is Dual Diagnosis?Why Pharmacists With Addiction Need Specialized Care

Pharmacists work in a high-stress environment that is somewhat unique in the healthcare industry. Many pharmacies operate as part of larger business chains, such as convenience or grocery stores. However, even independent pharmacies combine healthcare services with responsibilities more closely related to the retail industry. This means that many pharmacists have to properly compose medications, ensure the correct dosages, offer advice and answer questions, retrieve prescription and non-prescription medications for patients, fill out paperwork, and even act as cashiers to finalize purchases. All of these activities result in a very stressful workplace for pharmacists.

There are other factors to consider when accounting for the high rates of mental health issues and substance abuse among pharmacists. While pharmacists do not typically require as much schooling as physicians, they do need to attend a four-year program in addition to a standard four-year degree. These years can be extremely taxing on aspiring pharmacists, who must learn very complex formularies and regulatory standards. Once pharmacists graduate and begin working, they must continuously update their knowledge as new drugs are created and more advanced treatment options enter the market.

There’s also the concern of access to prescription drugs. While most medical professionals have relatively easy access to prescription drugs, pharmacists work with them every single day. Prescribing stimulants, opiates, anti-anxiety medication, and other drugs that can be addicting increases the chances of misuse, abuse, and addiction. If and when an addiction develops, pharmacists are less likely than the average person to seek out treatment for fear of losing their jobs and facing unwanted backlash from their peers.

Experiences with substance abuse can also differ based on the type of work a pharmacist does. Not every pharmacist works behind the counter at a traditional pharmacy. Many work more directly with patients in the field, while others might provide pharmaceutical services to specific businesses or industries. Here are just a few of the most common types of pharmacists that must be considered when crafting a comprehensive drug and alcohol rehab program:

  • Community pharmacist
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Industrial pharmacist
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Consultant pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Ambulatory care pharmacist
  • Pharmacy specialist
  • Critical care pharmacist
  • Pediatric pharmacist
  • Pharmacy technician

This is not a complete list of every type of pharmacist or every job that works in conjunction with pharmacists, but it does cover many of the most common pharmaceutical job titles. Each of these jobs requires unique responsibilities and comes with different degrees of stress and exhaustion. These responsibilities can initiate varied kinds of mental health issues and potentially trigger substance abuse. For example, an ambulatory care pharmacist may be more likely to deal with death and severe illness on a daily basis, while a community pharmacist might have to deal with the stress of heavy workloads and frustrated customers.

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What Is Addiction Treatment For Pharmacists?

Regardless of your profession or way of life, addiction treatment almost always starts with the underlying cause of your substance abuse. In the case of pharmacists, stress is often a contributing factor, but it’s not the only one to consider. At Prosperity Haven, we implement a multi-faceted approach that involves detox, therapy, and holistic healing practices. We also use specialized techniques and care to focus on the unique needs of pharmacists, targeting common issues like stress, exhaustion, and prescription drug abuse.

Stress

Stress is one of the top causes of substance abuse among working professionals, and pharmacists are no exception. As previously mentioned, the degree of stress can vary from one type of pharmacist to the next. However, pharmacists tend to face greater daily stressors than many other workers, including those in the field of healthcare. Consequently, experiencing high levels of stress on a regular basis can greatly increase the chances of experiencing burnout, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues among pharmacists.

Exhaustion

Approximately 61.2% of pharmacists report feeling burnout as a result of their job.[4] While many jobs can lead to burnout, it is especially troubling among pharmacists, as they control the type of drugs that are going out into the larger market. But it’s not just a public health concern; it’s also a major concern for individual pharmacists and their families, as burnout can easily lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. If these issues are not properly treated, a pharmacist may be more inclined to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the seemingly never-ending cycle of work, exhaustion, and burnout.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Few other healthcare workers have as much access to prescription drugs as pharmacists. While prescription drug abuse is very common, it is partially reduced thanks to regulations that limit access to addictive drugs. Unfortunately, it can be very easy for pharmacists to circumvent these regulations and have direct access to highly addictive prescription drugs. Due to the issues outlined above, namely stress and work-related exhaustion, pharmacists are more likely to misuse or abuse addictive drugs that can temporarily reduce anxiety, alleviate pain, or boost mood and energy.

Co-occurring Disorders Treatment

Co-occurring Disorders TreatmentWhat Is Addiction Treatment For Pharmacists?

Regardless of your profession or way of life, addiction treatment almost always starts with the underlying cause of your substance abuse. In the case of pharmacists, stress is often a contributing factor, but it’s not the only one to consider. At Prosperity Haven, we implement a multi-faceted approach that involves detox, therapy, and holistic healing practices. We also use specialized techniques and care to focus on the unique needs of pharmacists, targeting common issues like stress, exhaustion, and prescription drug abuse.

Stress

Stress is one of the top causes of substance abuse among working professionals, and pharmacists are no exception. As previously mentioned, the degree of stress can vary from one type of pharmacist to the next. However, pharmacists tend to face greater daily stressors than many other workers, including those in the field of healthcare. Consequently, experiencing high levels of stress on a regular basis can greatly increase the chances of experiencing burnout, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues among pharmacists.

Exhaustion

Approximately 61.2% of pharmacists report feeling burnout as a result of their job.[4] While many jobs can lead to burnout, it is especially troubling among pharmacists, as they control the type of drugs that are going out into the larger market. But it’s not just a public health concern; it’s also a major concern for individual pharmacists and their families, as burnout can easily lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. If these issues are not properly treated, a pharmacist may be more inclined to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the seemingly never-ending cycle of work, exhaustion, and burnout.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Few other healthcare workers have as much access to prescription drugs as pharmacists. While prescription drug abuse is very common, it is partially reduced thanks to regulations that limit access to addictive drugs. Unfortunately, it can be very easy for pharmacists to circumvent these regulations and have direct access to highly addictive prescription drugs. Due to the issues outlined above, namely stress and work-related exhaustion, pharmacists are more likely to misuse or abuse addictive drugs that can temporarily reduce anxiety, alleviate pain, or boost mood and energy.

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Prosperity Haven - Drug & Alcohol Rehab For Pharmacists in Ohio

Prosperity Haven is one of the only drug and alcohol rehab centers in Ohio that offers personalized addiction treatment to pharmacists. We provide a safe and discrete environment in which to recover and separate yourself from the triggers that initiated your addiction in the first place. We also have trained personnel available around the clock to ensure that you are comfortable and able to navigate the complexities of your recovery. By getting help at Prosperity Haven in Chardon, Ohio, you can access the care you need without putting your career at risk.

Want to learn more about alcohol and drug rehab for pharmacists and other medical professionals? Reach out to the experts at Prosperity Haven today.

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