Addiction treatment for doctors changes everything
Doctors recover from addiction at a much higher rate than others and it’s not because they are smarter. Similarly, recovery rates for people who go through drug courts are much better than average. What do rehab-seeking doctors and drug court participants have in common, when it comes to better responses to treatment? More than you might think, but it seems to boil down to an approach experts call “contingency-management.”
Contingency-management improves engagement through creating clear incentives for success and clear adverse consequences for non-compliance. Simply put, it rewards recovery behavior and sanctions relapse behavior. Doctors may avoid disciplinary action against their licenses and drug court participants may avoid a criminal record, as well as more jail time. Participants progress through their respective programs in three phases – assessment, treatment and aftercare. For drug court recipients the entire program may last 2 years before graduation. Whereas physicians are typically in the aftercare phase for 2-5 years after completion of assessment and treatment.
Physician Health Programs also adhere to “best-practice” standards for assessments and treatment, meaning the quality of professional services is typically better. The qualified clinician provides a multi-dimensional evaluation utilizing criteria set forth by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The evaluation team is led by either an Addiction Psychiatrist or Addiction Medicine doctor.
Addiction treatment for doctors is typically longer and more intensive, sometimes 90-days. Ideally the provider offers an individualized and tapering approach, leading to outpatient and return to work. The aftercare period is longer (2 – 5 years) and includes ongoing urine, blood and hair specimen testing to verify continuous abstinence. Further, standard clinical recommendations for aftercare may be included in the monitoring contract. These could include monthly psychiatric follow-ups, weekly facilitated support group participation, ongoing one-to-ones with a private therapist and attendance of AA/NA meetings at a certain frequency.
Trusted to treat doctors
BoardPrep provides the same level of expertise to all patients
A private bedroom in an upscale residence sets a relaxed tone. Furthermore, delicious meals nurture the soul. Additionally, a safe and clean environment reinforces a sense of security. Doctors and other professionals treated for addiction and dual diagnosis at BoardPrep Recovery, cherish the empathy and sensitivity shown by our team. With BoardPrep’s addiction treatment programs for doctors, you can focus on your sobriety with privacy, and without any judgement.
Approved to treat doctors
“Health Professionals Program” designates specialty centers that evaluate and treat licensed health professionals suffering with substance use disorders, addiction and dual diagnosis.
BoardPrep Recovery Center is an approved healthcare-specific treatment provider by Florida’s Department of Health, Professional’s Resource Network and Intervention Project for Nurses. Furthermore, many other programs throughout the U.S., also refer their health professionals to BoardPrep.
- Approved by PRN, IPN, Florida Department of Health and other State Programs
- Engaging, Affordable & Great Location
- NIDA best-practice provider
Addiction, substance use disorders and dual-disorders cause damage to hard-won trust and reputations. Doctors with addiction are not immune. Furthermore, alcoholism and addiction in doctors come with specific challenges. Therefore, experience matters when it comes to understanding and providing proper treatment and advocacy for doctors with addiction. Not surprisingly, the clinicians of BoardPrep Recovery Center have assessed, treated and advocated for over 1,200 licensed health professionals from Florida and across the nation.
Special consideration in addiction treatment for doctors:
- Thorough and accurate assessment, diagnostic clarification
- Provider with flexible length of stay with outpatient options
- Provider with good track-record in return to work advocacy
- Provider with expertise with regulatory agencies