Chemical Dependency: List of Behaviors

Saturday, January 08, 2011
  • Evidence of alcohol or drug use, odor of alcohol on breath, heavy perfume or mouthwash, wearing long sleeves
  • Consistently signs out more narcotics than peers
  • Makes preoperative rounds or visits at unusual hours
  • Comes to work during scheduled time off and loiters around departmental drug supply
  • Chooses inappropriate type or amount of drug
  • Increasing mood swings with frequent, unexplained anger, overreacts to criticism
  • Isolates and withdraws from peers
  • Gradual decline in work performance, job shrinkage
  • Increasing or unexplained tardiness or absenteeism
  • Frequent illness or physical complaints
  • Dishonesty, often over trivial or unimportant matters
  • Increasing difficulty with peers, supervisors, and authority
  • Frequent home crises-family illness and situational problems
  • Elaborate excuses
  • Inappropriate choice and dose of drugs
  • Tremors, "Monday morning shakes"
  • Loss of time on duty-increased breaks, missing from post
  • Confusion, lack of concentration, distant
  • Spasmodic work pattern
  • Proximity to source on and off duty

Brent H. Ledford CRNA, CDC Chair 01-02

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