Diagnosis Alcoholism, A Nurse's Story
Losing his medical license over painkiller abuse was the beginning of a sixteen year bout with alcoholism until one fateful incident
"I was quietly dismayed that going back into nursing would interfere with my daily drinking schedule."
I was thirty years old, working as a pediatrics nurse, father to a two year old boy and married to a woman who was also in the medical profession when my story began. My wife and I had decided to move away from the Greater Boston area, and bask in the scenic rural splendor of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. We were offered jobs in the largest hospital in the area, though I would have to switch from pediatrics to adult ICU.
Pediatrics is a practice setting where narcotics are used rather sparingly, whereas adult ICU is a setting where narcotiscs flow like water. I was stunned and...
Holderness, New Hampshire
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