Drug Treatment Programs for NY Teachers

Teaching is universally understood to be one of the most difficult professions, and the stress increases every year. Teachers are underpaid, undervalued, and underappreciated. Educators work under the constant state of fear of school violence, budget cuts, difficult parents, ever-changing policies and often unsupportive administrators. Because of this unrelenting pressure and job stress, alcohol and drug addiction is a steady and growing issue with teachers in the education system. The British Association of Teachers and Lecturers issued the results of a 2014 poll of college and school staff which revealed a widespread rise in mental health concerns which were direct results of the job. Over half of the teachers revealed that their job negatively impacted their mental health.

Up to 80% of those surveyed said that they felt stressed during the day at work. Beyond that, 70 % reported that work left them feeling drained and exhausted, and 66% said that they had difficulty sleeping due to the strain of their working conditions. Another poll found that approximately 10 percent of teachers are prescribed antidepressants to help face the stressors in their daily face to face with students, parents, and administration. Almost half of the profession, 47% of teachers, have seen a doctor for their job-related mental health concerns, 14% have been to counseling, and 5 % have been hospitalized at some point, 22% have admitted to an increase in drinking and binge drinking on the weekends, dreading Mondays, and 7% admit to relying on prescription drugs to get through the workday and to relax after work.

Why Do Teachers Abuse Drugs?

There are many issues at play causing stress among teachers. One of the most difficult is that they have so many different people to please. They stand in front of their students daily and have to follow a curriculum, rules, and policies set by an administration which oftentimes does not align with the teacher’s own classroom goals. Teachers have another group to deal with as well – the parents. The parents have a whole different set of expectations from the students and policymakers. Teachers are faced with much more than the huge task of educating their students, they are being asked to please many different sets of people who usually want opposing things.

It is no wonder that teachers experience severe anxiety and self-doubt. An online survey recently showed that out of 3,500 members of a teachers union, 67% reported low morale and low self-esteem. A majority of teachers have a routine of “relaxing” after work with a few glasses of wine and throughout the weekends to stave off the “Monday morning dread”. This turns into binging, abuse, and use during working hours. The line between social use and addiction can be a slippery one.

Teachers are both unappreciated and placed on a pedestal in our society, which makes it all the more difficult for them to seek treatment. Teachers are expected to display perfection both at work and at home. There are many symptoms of drug abuse and/or alcoholism, including mood swings, impulsive behavior, depression, anger, missing work, a decline in productivity, lack of motivation, anxiety, physical illness, and decline in good judgment. All of this harms the teacher’s ability to implement their lesson plans, report to the administration and parents, and most importantly, to relate positively with their students.

Drug Treatment for New York Teachers

Another obstacle facing teachers is the stigma of substance abuse and mental health issues in their profession. Fortunately, over the last few years, the importance of mental health and the need to treat addiction has become better understood, and more and more teachers are seeking treatment. Many teachers are hesitant to seek treatment, fearing the loss of their job. However, if their substance abuse continues, they could lose their job and more. Treatment programs for teachers in New York provide a safe way to create a long term path to recovery for those in the teaching profession. At Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery, we can help teachers with addictions to drugs or alcohol find the best treatment plan for them. We provide Evidence-Based Drug Treatment for Teachers in NYC.

This therapy has been proven to allow addicts and alcoholics to overcome their addictions. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, focuses on goals and changed behaviors so that the addict can empower themselves and take control of their emotions and impulsive actions. CBT is a set of problem-solving skills that aims to change patterns of thinking and behaviors that increase stress and anxiety. CBT teaches the addict how to control their emotions and to stop acting out in reaction to stress and anxiety. At Mid Hudson Addiction Recovery, we help to teach professionals through CBT in programs that have been documented to treat, depression, relationship problems, anxiety, and addiction.

Get the Help You Need

We provide programs for education professionals and are licensed by the New York Department of Health. All standards and practices of HIPAA regulations are adhered to regarding privacy. Mid Hudson Addiction Recovery also understands the challenge of getting help without leaving your job or family, and our programs are specific to this need. Our treatment programs are built to work around the addict’s work schedules and can be offered a few to several hours a day or at night throughout the week. If you or a loved one are struggling while trying to educate and inspire those around you, please reach out for help. We are available 24 / 7 to help you begin the journey to recovery.

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