Even with accessibility and vulnerability factors at play, the biggest barrier to help for healthcare workers struggling with addiction is often the stigma attached to it. They face a double bind: the fear of losing their license or facing disciplinary action, coupled with the societal shame associated with addiction.
Fear of Judgment and Disciplinary Action:
The fear of repercussions casts a long shadow, deterring many from seeking help. The perceived shame and potential career consequences keep many in silence, allowing the addiction to progress unchecked, eroding their well-being and jeopardizing their careers.
Lack of Trustworthy Resources:
Finding truly confidential and understanding treatment options is a daunting task. Many fear that seeking help within their own institutions will lead to judgment or repercussions, further delaying treatment.