I had to take care of druggies today, and was disgusted! - page 4

Hello everybody. I am a new nurse and I had my first patient who was a drug user yesterday. I took care of him but found it difficult to deal with having a patient like him as he was basically using... Read More

  1. by   blueheaven
    Quote from RN 4 U
    Hello everybody. I am a new nurse and I had my first patient who was a drug user yesterday. I took care of him but found it difficult to deal with having a patient like him as he was basically using the system to get his drugs. His problems all came from using drugs and that is why he was there, but this man was in no pain or having no anxiety attacks but requested pain medication around the clock stating no relief, mind you he was laughing, being disrespectfuly at times and wanted me to wait on him hand and foot. I refused to cut up his salad, because there was nothing wrong with hands. I took good care of him but i did not want to be really bothered with him as there were really sick people in the hospital that needed my attention. I just do not know why drug users are allowed to get away with this. The hospital is basically providing all their drugs. Was I wrong to feel this way?
    Hey look, one way to look at it is this...if it wasn't for excessive food, drugs, and cigarettes...most of us would be out of a job!..
    Last edit by blueheaven on Mar 27, '07 : Reason: none
  2. by   gr8rnpjt
    Quote from Kymmi
    My ex-husband had a alcohol/drug problem ... I hold resentment towards him for always placing the blame on others and never accepting his responsibilities to me, his kids or himself.
    To me, this is what makes it so hard to be nice, or civil to addicts. Kymmi, I am and have been going through the exact same situation as you, and this is to me the crux of the matter and what makes it so hard to deal with them.
    It is and always will be someone elses fault. And I have learned they will never be happy, so there is no need to try to make them happy. A little off topic I know, sorry.
  3. by   blueheaven
    Quote from gr8rnpjt
    To me, this is what makes it so hard to be nice, or civil to addicts. Kymmi, I am and have been going through the exact same situation as you, and this is to me the crux of the matter and what makes it so hard to deal with them.
    It is and always will be someone elses fault. And I have learned they will never be happy, so there is no need to try to make them happy. A little off topic I know, sorry.

    You know I REALLY have a problem with this statement. My dad had 18 years sober before passing away in 1991. When he gave up the booze and worked his program of recovery...he was NOT the same person I grew up with. My husband has 8 years clean and 28 years without a drop of alcohol. People CAN and DO RECOVER!!!!!!!! As for the one poster who "holds resentment" the only one you hurt with that is yourself. Maybe if some of the posters on this thread would take time and go check out an AA or NA meeting it may change your mind set. Those of you who have loved ones and have been affected by drugs or alcohol, Nar anon or al-anon may be able to help you cope.

    One thing I learned many years ago in Al-Anon/Nar-Anon
    The 3 Cs of addiction
    You can't cure it
    You didn't Cause it
    but you can sure CONTIRBUTE to it.

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