Surgeon General’s Report Affirms Recovery Support Services Offer Valuable Help for Maintaining a “New Life” Free from Active Addiction

In the latest Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, it’s pointed out that, “Remission from a substance use disorder can take several years and multiple episodes of treatment, recovery support services (RSS) and/or mutual aid.”[1] The good news, however, is there are increasing numbers of mutual aid groups and newly emerging recovery support…

Confidential Physicians Health Programs Are Designed to Help Doctors with Substance Use Disorders

A longitudinal research study of more than 900 physicians struggling with substance use disorders (a.k.a., chemical dependency or addiction) enrolled in 16 confidential, state-run Physicians Health Programs announced an 80 percent success rate — significantly higher than the typical 50 percent success rate of the general population.[1] Given the noteworthy outcomes of these physician-tailored programs,…

The ABC’s of the Non-Disciplinary, Rehabilitative Approach Taken by a State’s Nursing Board for Nurses with a Substance Use Disorder

A recent article posted on the website, RegisteredNursing.org, paints a clear picture of “how things have changed” regarding the way nurses with substance use issues are currently handled; i.e., with more understanding, support and options for getting treatment and (when ready) resuming their nursing career – that is, in contrast to how, even just 40…

Destigmatizing Addiction Can Help Doctors Struggling with Substance Use Disorders

In an article published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, author A.B. Srivastava, M.D. states that while research indicates physician impairment is as prevalent as it is in the general public, the stigma associated with addiction requires impaired healthcare professionals to overcome more obstacles (than their public counterparts) in order to get proper intervention, evaluation…