Impaired Professionals in Medicine

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery specializes in treating impaired professionals.
Our philosophy: We treat addiction on all levels – Physical, Emotional, Spiritual.
Our Average Client Age is 45 – 65.

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Impaired Professionals Recovery| Addiction in the Medical Profession

| Addiction and alcoholism are diseases – not moral failings – and as such they can affect anyone. Those with careers in medicine are no different and as many as 10% of medical professionals are fighting some form of addiction.

Impaired Professionals Addiction Recovery

Physicians are at risk for substance abuse disorders at rates comparable to non-physicians. While overall substance abuse is no more common in physicians than in age-matched controls, abuse of prescription drugs and opiates is more common in physicians. Also, certain specialties, such as anesthesiology, are over-represented among substance abusers. See more details at The Journal of Global Global Drug Policy and Practice, Physicians Impaired by Substance Abuse Disorders.

First Step: Recognition of the Problem

Detection of a physician impaired by substance abuse is a challenge, since a physician’s practice is often the last segment of life to be impacted. While colleagues are ethically obligated to report an impaired physician, they are less likely to do so if the physician’s career and reputation will be immediately destroyed. Physician Health Programs (PHPs) in each state have guidelines for treatment and monitoring, and the prognosis for the physician addict is excellent.

“Addiction specialists say the denial that comes with heavy drug use is more acute among medical professionals because of their understanding of narcotics.

“You analyze things to death. You say, ‘I understand medicine, so therefore [I] can’t fall victim to it,’ ” said Sue Sitton, a nurse supervisor at New Day.

That “intellectualization” of drug use, as Sitton calls it, makes it less likely that doctors and nurses will seek help. That’s why hospitals and healthcare clinics have tightened rules over the years to force employees to get help, limit access to certain medications and conduct random drug testing after treatment.”

Healthcare professionals face unique addiction challenges

By Joel Hood. Read the full article here:

At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we help medical professionals with a specially tailored program.

Impaired Professionals Well-being Program

You’ve worked hard to achieve licensure, whether a physician, or some other medical professional, or, as an attorney, CPA or some other professional designation. If you are monitored by a board that oversees your professional designation and require an assessment, addiction treatment, or both; our Impaired Professionals Well-being Program will provide the help you need.

Components of the Arrowhead Lodge Professionals Well-being Program include:

  • A comprehensive three to five day assessment – Professionals Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment
  • Medically safe detox through Gallus Detox Center
  • Sober transportation to treatment
  • Groups targeted to relevant problems faced by professionals
  • Additional individual sessions for cross addiction and/or co-occurring disorders
  • Professionals AA meeting
  • Inclusion in our core addiction and trauma program

Comprehensive Assessment

The initial step for an impaired professional is a comprehensive assessment suitable for board purposes of making decisions regarding your ability to practice and what, if any, stipulations are put in place. The Arrowhead Lodge Comprehensive Addiction Assessment spans three to five days of examinations, counseling and more.

The Comprehensive Addiction Assessment includes:

  • An addictionologist examination and recommendations by a medical doctor who is board certified in Addiction Medicine
  • A psychiatric assessment and recommendations
  • A psychological assessment and MMPI testing (Neuro-psych testing optional) and recommendations
  • A physical examination and lab data if required
  • A Biopsychosocial assessment
  • Collateral Source Data
  • Summary of findings
  • Diagnostic impressions
  • Recommendations for care

Therapy for Professionals

In addition to our core addiction and trauma program for men, impaired professionals attend group sessions for:

  • Professional burn out
  • Boundaries
  • Ethics
  • Additional individual counseling for cross addiction and/or co-occurring disorders
  • Professionals’ AA meeting

Who is Eligible?

You must meet our basic admissions guidelines:

  • Men over the age of 30
  • Our Average Client Age is 45 – 65
  • Addiction diagnosis
  • Co-occurring disorders accepted

And you must:

  • Have a professional license (Physician, Dentist, Chiropractor, PA, Nurse, Attorney)
  • Be an airline pilot

If you are a male professional and you believe you might benefit from our Impaired Professionals Program, we invite you to contact us today to discuss your situation confidentially.

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