I am wondering, of the nurses who are currently battling addiction, how many of you became addicted by accident (such as, having surgery and unable to wean yourself from pain meds) vs recreationally using drugs and then discovered that you couldn't put them down.
I have always thought (and then, realized that it's an assumption) that people that become addicts do it to themselves and that nobody should feel sorry for them.
Then again, I have never read this anywhere, or surveyed people who did have addiction problems.
I would just like to know, from people who are currently battling addiction..what got you from one point to another?
I live in an area where drugs are a huge problem. I have only been in nursing school for a year, and have personally met 4 nurses that have lost their licenses permanently, due to addiction.
I am curious as to the stories behind the people that are courageously dealing with this every day, and want to either be or remain drug free.
They teach us in school how to recognize addiction, what to teach addicts, but knowing what causes addiction to me, is an important part of the healing.