What professions have the highest rates of drug abuse?

rehab dischargeIs one job more likely to trigger issues of drug abuse and addiction? Are people with addiction tendencies more likely to be drawn to certain industries? Whether it’s the job that contributes to the development of the substance abuse problem or an addictive personality that is drawn to certain jobs, there are some industries where rates of drug abuse and addiction are higher than others.

There are a number of different factors that go into determining which industries and which specific jobs have the highest rates of drug and alcohol dependence. These include:

  • Region
  • Rank in the industry
  • Gender
  • Pay rate

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High risk professions

Though there are a number of professions that come with high rates of drug abuse and addiction, some of the highest risk jobs or industries include:

  • Health care professionals. With easy access to prescription painkillers, benzodiazepines, and a number of drugs used for anesthesia, it can be difficult to withstand the temptation to use these drugs if addiction is an issue. Nurses, doctors, anesthesiologists, and pharmacists all have a high risk of drug abuse. It is estimated that between 10 and 15 percent of all medical professionals will abuse or misuse drugs at one point or another during their career.
  • Sales. Both depression and substance abuse are common problems in the sales profession. Perhaps it is the volatile pay structure or the hard work that isn’t consistently rewarding. For some, constant travel is part of the job, which can be difficult for those with families. Whatever the cause, when depression is also an issue, the risk of developing a substance abuse problem is higher.
  • Farming, forestry, and fishing. Isolation is likely a key part of the issue in these professions as well as long periods away from family. Repetitious tasks may also contribute to the substance abuse problem. Like in sales, depression is a common issue in these professions as well.
  • Law enforcement. Police officers, correctional officers, and other law enforcement personnel are also in high-risk professions in terms of drug and alcohol abuse. The difficulties associated with the work can often mean issues with depression as well.
  • Restaurants. “Hazardous drinking patterns” were identified in as many as 80 percent of male restaurant workers and 64 percent of females in the restaurant industry, according to a study published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

The importance of treatment

Addiction in the workplace

Even outside of the professions listed above, addiction is not uncommon in any industry. Early identification of the problem is key; ongoing and untreated drug abuse issues in any workplace are dangerous to the addicted person and everyone they work with, including clients and customers. Some companies offer assistance in paying for treatment to employees who are struggling. Ongoing support after treatment can often be a critical part of long-term success in recovery. In other cases, private treatment is recommended with a shift into a new profession following treatment.

What do you need to turn things around after the development of an addiction? Contact us at The Recovery Village today to discuss the treatment services that can help you make the changes necessary to enjoy stability in your work life and at home. Call now to get started. Call for a free assessment. 352.771.2700

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