Bella was a nurse, she loved being one. She had found her calling; something she excelled at.

Friends of friends reported Bella’s value when dealing with their loved ones.

Things we didn’t know back then: There is a prevalence of medics who become alcoholics who become addicted to drugs. A study shows medical students are consistent with peers in using alcohol and drugs. But, a higher pattern of addiction is apparent when medics increase in age. APApsycNET©

Why is this?

Are shift hours responsible? Most social alcohol intake is at weekends, and in the evening. Medics work weekends, work nights. Their socialising pattern is disrupted. Any day is a drink day; any time of day becomes a drink hour. A habit is formed.

Is immersion of duty responsible? Medics are faced with life and death. They visit disease daily. Patients can die beyond a medic’s capability. Medics see and handle corpses. Medics, stare death in the face, live with stress daily. Alcohol and drugs can be used to relieve stress, can be used as a coping mechanism.

Are medics more flippant with their own health? Are they too familiar with drugs. Too familiar with nature’s ability to restore.

Could our daughter have avoided alcoholism, avoided drug abuse, if she had taken the office job offered in her youth?

file0001532482557

I am the mother of two adult daughters, both much loved and cared for. The eldest thought she could handle social drinking and party drugs, she could not. There is a journey addicts relate to - their journey. As a mother I have healed through the written word. This is my journey.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: