Dr Ferghal speaks with Dr Matthew Frei, an addiction medicine specialist who specialises in the care and management of clinicians who find themselves struggling with addictions.
Clinicians face significant stigma when dealing with their own illnesses, and even more so in the situation of mental illness and substance use disorder. An additional barrier to accessing treatment is the regulatory environment within which clinicians must access care. This includes the potential for mandatory reporting to AHPRA. For these reasons clinicians tend to present late for help. The good news is however that clinicians are more likely to make a recovery from addiction, in that they are, as Dr Frei states, “overrepresented in success stories”.
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