Physicians, Often In Fear Of Losing License, Know How To Hide Signs Of Addiction To Escape Notice
“Somehow they believe their knowledge is going to be more powerful than addiction," said Dr. Marvin Seppala, an addiction expert.
Los Angeles Times:
Doctors And Drug Abuse: Why Addictions Can Be So Difficult
Allegations that Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito used methamphetamine and ecstasy while he was dean of USC’s medical school have opened a window into the pervasiveness of drug use and addiction among physicians and the challenges they face when confronting it. Experts say physicians become substance abusers at about the same rate as the general population. But they are often reluctant to seek treatment out of fear of losing their medical licenses and livelihoods. (Karlamangla, 7/24)