My Name is Susan - page 6

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   jabwrn
    Thank you for sharing that heartfelt story. I used to be one of those nurses who looked down on people with addictions. I tried and tried to understand them but just couldn't get it through my head why they couldn't stop. I guess with age comes wisdom. Thankfully I no longer feel that way. Recently though a coworker was fired for substance abuse (dilaudid) and for months I suspected she had relapsed and it took me so long to get up the nerve to talk to her that I was too late and she was turned in by another nurse. I blame myself for not reaching out to her sooner to help.
  2. by   suejgee
    Don't blame yourself. We who are addicted have to own the responsibility of recovery. Perhaps your reaching out to her may have helped, but she may not have been in a place to be able to accept your concern. This may be what she needed in order to put her recovery back together. The best thing you can do for her now is to support and not judge. I promise you she'll be grateful for that.
  3. by   romeolvr5997
    My experience with addicts is that most of them have no desire to get clean. They get their disability check 1st of the month along with their scripts for klonopin and Xanax then blow all the money and pills in a few days then go to the ER saying they are suicidal so they can come to the psych hospital and get more klonopin and Xanax and sub ozone and anything else they can get their hands on. It's like a revolving door. How can you begin to help someone who doesn't want to help themselves and blames everyone else for their situation?
  4. by   suejgee
    To the person who reached out to me, I'm not ignoring you, just can't post privately on this site. My advice would be to seek some professional assistance in dealing with the problem, so as to get that completely under control first. Then revamp your resume, take a good, solid inventory of what it is you really want to do in nursing, and move on from there. And remember, recovery = freedom. You can achieve whatever you want to achieve, it may be rough at times, but it's not impossible. I wish you all the best of luck with this!

  5. by   suejgee
    Not judging is the first step toward helping. I understand the frustration, I've been in the same professional boat you describe. But kindness doesn't go unnoticed. You won't be able to help everyone, to be sure, and, you're right, many people don't want to recover. But you never know who may respond to your non-judgmental attitude in a positive way. If one person can be spared putting themselves through hell, then your kindness is well worth the time you spend.
  6. by   RN/MSN1984
    This is very true.

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