Chemically Dependent Nurses: The Trajectory Toward Self-Annihilation
Interviews and participant observation were used to generate a substantive grounded theory that explains the process of nurses becoming chemically dependent. Findings revealed that, as a result of physical and psychological pain, nurses who became chemically dependent embarked on a trajectory of self-annihilation. The stages and phases of the self-annihilation process are discussed. In the final stage of compulsion, suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts were extremely common.