Nursing Student with a Drug Addiction - page 4

Hi guys: I have already asked this question on the Friends/Family of Addicts forum I belong to, so I thought I would get your opinion as well. My husband is a 3 1/2 years clean, recovering addict.... Read More

  1. by   Mrs. SnowStormRN
    Quote from VanessaLee13
    One can only hope. My husband works in a drug rehab now, and is an AA sponsor. It is definitely amazing how someone can turn their life around and begin to help others when previously, they could not even help themselves.
    Lets hope for the best, your husband overcame it and we know its possible. Addiction is a terrible disease. Good Luck to all!
  2. by   dancingkayla25
    I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't say SOMETHING to SOMEONE! Hopefully he will be drug tested before the situation gets any worse.
  3. by   rkitty198
    Drug test or not, an addict can find a way to pass it...
  4. by   VanessaLee13
    Quote from dancingkayla25
    I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't say SOMETHING to SOMEONE! Hopefully he will be drug tested before the situation gets any worse.
    And I very well may not be able to live with myself either. School doesn't start until late August, so there is some time. Even though I have decided not to call now, does not mean that I can't change my mind in the future. Thanks for your support.
  5. by   VanessaLee13
    Quote from rkitty198
    Drug test or not, an addict can find a way to pass it...
    Oh so very true! At the drug rehab where my husband works, they have to actually watch the guys pee in the cup to make sure it is their urine. There was a fake penis going around trying to get around that! Amazing the things that drugs will make people do!
  6. by   all_over_again
    I'd really enjoy peeing in front of someone with a fake penis, since I'm a woman and all. LOL. You know, just to see if they're paying attention.
  7. by   suanna
    Tough situation- but in most states I know of, as a licenced professional you have a legal obligation to report a suspected drug problem to the supervising body- in this case the school. It's part of your professional ethics. On the other hand, violating the anonymity of a person you know through a recovery program is in violation of the statutes of the recovery group. I think you have a professional obligation to report your suspisions to the school. Because of the nature of of most recovery programs I feel you should insist on anonymity yourself with any action they take, but your responsibility to patient safety is paramount in this situation.
  8. by   iggy.minne
    Basically you have to see if your decisions is going to effect you at all..if not, do what you feel is necessary. Me - I would try to inform somebody, because you never know what patient he could be dealing with. What if the patient is your mother or father?...he's putting lives a risk!...
  9. by   HardworkeRN1234
    If he can pass nursing school, he will have proven himself able 1. To be sober (if he's using drugs before clinicals he'll be kicked out), 2. to care for patients without putting their lives in danger. If he uses drugs recreationally that's his personal business and you are not in any position to contact the school.

    Let your husband's friend have a chance at being successful. Perhaps he will stop using drugs when he is pushing for his goals.
  10. by   RoseRN11
    I went through nursing school with a girl obviously addicted to drugs. She came to class/clinicals falling asleep, saying inappropriate things, one day she would talk non stop the next she'd barely speak. She made it all the way to the final semester when an issue with her preceptor forced her to withdraw (I never knew the details, if it was drug related or not). Several students made comments about her behavior to the instructors, nothing was ever done, she had excellent grades, passed all her drug tests, etc. I recently found out she was allowed to return to nursing school the following semester, and graduated. I may be wrong in my assumption but I believe she was using the whole time, even after she returned. I saw her at a department store during this time and she could hardly keep her eyes open to talk to me. I think of her and wonder where she's working and what kind of care her patients receive. My question is, what action should someone take after informing the school/instructors fails? Since she was not a licensed nurse at the time we didn't know what step to take next.
  11. by   Allie191
    Hello Vanessa,

    My boyfriend also just got accepted to a nursing program this Fall 2011, and I am also facing the same issue. I've known him for 4 years and also know his past with drug/substance abuse which he went through before we met. Fortunately though, he found his "epiphany" and on his road to a new, clean life (at least that's what he told me); however, only a few days ago, when we attended a friend's party, I caught him snorting cocaine. Since then, I've been suspecting him doing cocaine without me around. It's very upsetting and it's definitely affecting our relationship. But just like you, I am debating whether or not I should call the director of nursing. It's his dream to become a nurse and I am very happy for him that he's finally achieving that; however, he seems to be relapsing to his old ways and this concerns me a lot. Not only is he putting his life and our relationship at risk, but also the well-being of his patient/s. They already had a drug test before they went to clinicals and he passed it (because he saw that one coming and prepared for it I presume), but I might have to ask the school to do an upcoming, random one if possible. It breaks my heart to do this to the one I love, but it's for the good of others.

  12. by   catmom1
    Not reporting him may lead to his death. You would be doing this for his good, not just that of his future patients. Sadly, addiction is about having an intimate relationship with a substance (in this case, cocaine) instead of with another person.

    Cocaine is the "other woman" and you are signing up for a lot of pain if you continue in a "relationship" with a practicing addict.

  13. by   nowim clean
    I would not and could not get involved. It is his life, if he makes it through school he's not as addicted as you think, if he is he'll never make it. Let go of this situation and let God take care of it after all none of us have control over anything. I'm sure your AA husband would tell you to mind your own business. Please don't try and use patients as a reason as if you remember you are not alone in the pixis, or with the patient as your clinical instructor is there. I would also hate to read on here later how you reported this and after J lost his spot he committed suicide. Then you'd being dealing with what part did you play in his death. Everything is just the way they are suppose to be, and God does not need your help/interferrence.