The final season of Showtime’s’ hit television show “Nurse Jackie” has entered into its final season. This article in the Washington Post, asks whether or not the show is an accurate portrayal of addiction in the medical field.
According to the article, research has found that medical professionals rate of addiction is the same as the rest of the population, proving that the disease of addiction does not discriminate.
A study entitled, “Setting the standard for recovery: Physicians’ Health Programs” found that, “78 percent of 904 doctors who went through a rehab program were drug and al-cohol free during the five years of intensive monitoring that followed and 72 percent continued to practice medicine.” Those medical professionals that used drugs during work hours, like other addicts, were high functioning in their addiction.
The article stated that the only difference between those medical professionals that used drugs and those in the general population that struggle with addiction is that medical professionals are mandated to complete 90 days of inpatient residential treatment at a rehab facility. This type of drug rehab treatment is completed in conjunction with a 5 year aftercare program that includes “monitoring and random drug tests.” Because of this, studies have shown that the recovery rate for the medical professional population exceeds 80 percent.
This information tells us that an extensive aftercare program is imperative to managing this incurable disease. The long-term care of the disease of addiction occurs through-out one’s lifetime.
The accuracy of Nurse Jackie’s portrayal of addiction varies from each person who suffers from addiction. However, the show does enable viewers to have more awareness of this disease. Those that struggle with addiction can be a medical professional, they can be a mother, a sister, or a friend.
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