I have been in recovery for almost 8 yrs, from drugs and alcohol. It has been a BIG issue with me to keep myself safe from my past additictions. I have known many nurses who have had this problem only to enter back into hospital nursing and end up using again.(Some have died) This is a topic in nursing that seems to be put aside. If you think about it we all know someone who has been in trouble or fired for using drugs in the hospital. They get treatment and are monitored, yet there is such high rate of residivism. I have chosen to remain outside of hospital nursing for the main reason of not having access to the BIG BOX. I would offer support to ANYONE who is looking for a way out. As someone very wise once asked me. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT? My life or pursuing a status in a hospital that really just want's a body to fill a slot on a unit. Not to mention that there are better jobs( pay and stress) out there.
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck. Must be a duck.