My Name is Susan - page 3

My name is Susan, and I'm an alcoholic. I'm also a registered nurse, hold a bachelor's degree in Human Services, and a Masters in Human Service Administration. I have diabetes, a cirrhotic liver, and... Read More

  1. by   SNB1014
    Dear Susan,

    I am a recovering from anorexia and bulimia....I haven't "acted on" my addiction to food in a good while now, but the personality traits and thoughts i need to consciously push out of my mind that come with addiction are still present.

    I have a lot of thoughts regarding addiction, some widely accepted and some say a bit harsh. nonetheless, you are right in the fact that we don't call someone who comes to the hospital for a hypertensive crisis 'a crazy b****" when for all we know. they are coming in for all the same lazy, stupid, poor, needy, noncompliant reasons a person with addiction is in for.

    a big moment in my recovery was being able to distinguish my eating disorder from ME, snb1014. there is a person underneath the addiction, however broken....much like a dislocated and fractured arm, needs support and professional help.

    ps, i find it helpful to not say "bulimic" /"anorexic', "alcoholic", because it sounds more like a personality trait and makes the disease WHO they are identified with/as, opposed to something this person is dealing WITH. :-)

    best luck on continued addiction advocacy and sobriety :-)
  2. by   Ntheboat2
    I work in mental health and I'm disgusted by some of the things I hear my fellow nurses say. "Pill seeker" is a common phrase they'll use towards ANYBODY on narcotics, even people who have a very legit reason like a fresh post-op if they have a history of abuse. I know that people have really strong feelings about addicts, but really....get a different job if you feel that strongly because you're in the wrong place!!!! I thought I would work in mental health forever, but I'm already feeling the burn out coming on, and sadly...it isn't because of the patients. It's because of the staff and their horrible attitudes.
  3. by   SuzieVN
    Quote from Ntheboat2
    I work in mental health and I'm disgusted by some of the things I hear my fellow nurses say. "Pill seeker" is a common phrase they'll use towards ANYBODY on narcotics, even people who have a very legit reason like a fresh post-op if they have a history of abuse. I know that people have really strong feelings about addicts, but really....get a different job if you feel that strongly because you're in the wrong place!!!! I thought I would work in mental health forever, but I'm already feeling the burn out coming on, and sadly...it isn't because of the patients. It's because of the staff and their horrible attitudes.

    Often times because the staff, themselves are seeking the pills the patients seek, and are peeved that the patient can get them, and they cannot.
  4. by   SuzieVN
    Quote from classicdame
    My daughter is now 9 months sober. She is one of the smartest people I know, so there has to be more to addiction than being dumb. You are right. No one has the right to judge. I get really peeved at nurses and MD's who label people and base treatment on that label (frequent flyer, user, etc). Keep preaching sister!

    Over the years I've heard various, but similar stats: Up to 50% of all doctors and dentists are impaired at any given time by alcohol or other drugs.
  5. by   AloeBlox
    great article
  6. by   tewdles
    Bottom line is this...
    We nurses are human. Some of us are not going to be able to get past our personal experiences and biases to treat patients with the unconditional regard that they deserve.
    It is incumbent upon the professionals WITH those skills among us to advocate for the patients to the best of their ability.
  7. by   futureFNP2015
    As the wife of a "functional alcoholic", I completely agree with everything you wrote and I commend you for your strength to do so. I try and hope I succeed at not being judgemental of my patients. I probably fail in this area more often towards non-compliant patients. I hope that someday my husband will get his wake up call and have the strength to become sober as you did! God bless you and keep you well!
  8. by   chitchater
    I am so sorry you are treated that way. We all suffer from some sort of addiction. Coffee/sugar/sex/spreading unhappiness/meanness/being superior/pain/hate. I feel that addictions don't all have to be bad.I like coffee/chocolate/love/kindness/happiness which are addictive to me. I feel that drinking and/or drugs are talked about most because these scare people more than dying of diabetic complications of sugar or cva from extreme anger or overdose on prescription pain medicines. People who shun you and are mean to you are very unhappy and that is not YOUR fault. These people that are so unhappy and lash out at others should have our empathy. God loves us all. We must try to love back and forgive them. Bless you for being sober and you can continue being honest but you don't have to give "them" any ammunition in which to hurt you with. You only owe yourself and your God so feel sorry for but don't hang out with those unhappy people. Good luck. Laura
  9. by   MichelleAGW
    I applaud your "Greatness" in sharing this. Congratulations and keeping encouraging others!
  10. by   lorirn58
    You cannot and should not use the absolute word "everybody". Thank you.
  11. by   lorirn58
    Please do not use the word "all". Thank you.
  12. by   lorirn58
    Thank you, neverbethesame....
  13. by   michellefr
    I will admit that I may have been among those who had no tolerance for alcoholics, but your article was profoundly written, and has planted a seed of doubt. I am a very disciplined person and have a hard time tolerating those who ruin their own lives, but I see your point, one that many others have tried to make me see, and failed to do so.

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