Surgeons and Suicide: Treatment for Depression and Addiction

Most surgeons work between sixty and eighty hours per week. In addition to long hours, their job is carried out in a fast paced and high stress environment. These intense environmental factors are physically and emotionally draining. A recent study conducted by the American College of Surgeons surveyed almost eight thousand surgeons and revealed that a surgeon’s environmental work factors present significant risks of mental disorders and drug addiction. Approximately 6 percent of surgeons have reported suicidal thoughts or tendencies. The environmental factors that promote suicidal thoughts and tendencies in surgeons are also responsible for a number of other physical and psychological disorders. Depression, stress and proximity to prescription medication all contribute to addiction.

Rehabilitation Options for Surgeons

Medical boards often offer good rehab programs for employees struggling with drug abuse and addiction. These programs use a combined approach of quality treatment, constant supervision and severe consequences for non-compliance to provide surgeons with the best chance of success.

Depending on the nature, type and severity of the addiction, drug rehab for medical professionals usually begins with detox and is completed with an emphasis on therapy and education. Surgeons and doctors must be closely supervised for a longer period of time after rehab to ensure their performance and compliance meet requirements. A successful rehab for surgeons who are struggling with chronic drug use or suicidal thoughts and tendencies is beneficial to the surgeons themselves, the patients they treat and the hospital in which they work.

Find Help for Surgeons and Medical Professionals

If you are a medical professional dealing with addiction and depression, we are available 24 hours a day help you find the resources you need to feel better and perform your job to the best of your ability. Our toll-free helpline is staffed by trained counselors waiting to talk with you, so please call now.