Teachers and Propoxyphene Addiction

Teachers and Propoxyphene Addiction

Propoxyphene is a narcotic pain reliever prescribed to treat mild to moderate levels of pain. Users of this drug are highly susceptible to abuse and addiction because they can quickly build a tolerance to the drug’s effects. Propoxyphene is one painkiller that also produces euphoric effects for its user, so recreational users are also prone to addiction as well as those initially prescribed the drug for legitimate medial purposes. Another common road to propoxyphene addiction begins when an individual attempts to self-medicate an issue on his own. He may attempt to take matters into his own hands and borrow the drug from a friend, steal or purchase it illegally to “treat” whatever physical or psychological issue that is bothering him.

These issues that cause propoxyphene addiction are relatable to any human being. While people don’t like to accept certain truths of addiction, it is a universal disease that any individual can develop, including highly-esteemed, reputable members of society. Teachers are considered to be among this group of well-respected members of society, and the idea that a teacher may struggle with substance abuse or addiction can be very shocking to the general public, especially when it comes to teachers of young kids, but teachers too, are vulnerable to the same risks and causes of addiction as every other human being.

A teacher struggling with propoxyphene addiction faces several short and long term professional repercussions, largely due to the vast number of people who will be affected by the addiction. A teacher affected by addiction can negatively impact his students, student’s parents and family members, coworkers, local education system and entire community, and if the teacher is under the influence of drugs or alcohol while teaching, he can put others in great danger. Furthermore, a teacher who is addicted to propoxyphene, or any drug, may be accused of making a mockery out of the drug prevention efforts he must abide by. His addiction can impact the attitudes, opinions, and beliefs about drug use and addiction in a giant group of impressionable people.

Professional Repercussions of Teachers Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

No matter how hard an individual tries, he will not be able to conceal his addiction from others. Addiction is a disease and it will cause noticeable effects in one’s thought processes and behaviors. Addiction is an aggressive disease by nature, and the longer it continues, the more “out of control” an individual’s actions become. For teachers the immediate effects of propoxyphene or drug abuse can cause short-term side effects, intoxication, hangover-like effects, and impaired thought-processes. The longer this abuse continues and when addiction sets in, teachers face serious health risks, dangers, and financial repercussions. With time, addiction will decrease an individual’s work productivity, deplete motivation and creativity, hinder relationships with students, and make simple tasks like being on time hard to comply with. Addiction makes one’s personal or home life more difficult to manage as well and this too will interfere with work performance. A teacher can lose his job because of addiction, which can serve as a black mark on the individual’s future employment. If illicit drugs or alcohol are found or if the teacher is caught using or under the influence on school property or with students he may face serious legal repercussions.

Addiction Help for Teachers

Teachers looking to save their careers, relationships, and futures from the wrath of addiction, can call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with a trained addiction counselor. Counselors are happy to answer questions, address concerns, provide information, and help find and connect you to addiction treatment and recovery services, if you are ready.