‘What Happens When Treatment Professionals Relapse?

Treatment professionals are trained to help people navigate the challenging issues that come up with addiction and mental health crisis. It feels like this should not happen to people who do so much to help others, but this is precisely why it is key not to allow space for triggers to take over or for addiction to take hold while supporting other people and trying to care for oneself at the same time.

Ethical Duties

When a person in a caregiving profession helps others, it is idealistic to think that returning to the profession is often the best idea, especially before addiction recovery is really solid. It is often an ethical obligation to report substance abuse and time in rehab to the proper boards so there is no hiding from it any longer. There may be implications as to whether the person can continue in their duties as caretaker in their role or with provisions that they attend support groups and go to rehab to continue sobriety. Getting a second chance is a blessing and a curse because the only people harmed are not just the one who has addiction but everyone else who is being taken care of by that person.

Not Alone

Recovering from addiction while treating others who have addiction and substance use disorders can be tricky. They may not have fully acknowledged everything going on, including the depth of the problem, to family, friends, and physicians. The stigma attached to caregiving and addiction means it may keep people from feeling isolated and not able to explore what all is going on within themselves. A variety of settings that incorporate harm-reduction may use resources personally to support their professionals. Relapses can happen in the field and they should be monitored to ensure they are following protocol, including random drug screens and more.

Hope After Relapse

The stigma, isolation, fear, anxiety, and other emotions can keep professionals who struggle with addiction and recovery from doing what is best for themselves and their treatment. Each person can work to support their shift from stigma to acceptance of loved ones who work in the field. If relapse occurs, they are not alone. They are strong people who have learned what it means to struggle on the same side as those they support and are willing to look at themselves and find help. The hard work is within the person’s own life to heal their journey but also to bring the hope of recovery to others, perhaps with their own inner story of struggle, and help them up as well.

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