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.
| 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.
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
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 ImpairedProfessionals Well-being Program will provide the help you need.
Components of the Arrowhead Lodge Professionals Well-being Program include:
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
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
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
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
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.