ER Doctors Show High Success Rate Following Treatment of Substance Use Disorders with Physician Health Program Monitoring

In a study published in the West Journal of Emergency Medicine[1]—the first published report of its kind—examining the performance and outcomes of emergency room doctors enrolled in Physician Health Programs (PHPs) for substance use disorders (SUDs), it was found emergency physicians (EPs) do well following treatment of SUDs with monitoring in PHPs and generally return…

If You’re Seeking Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder, Look for a Treatment Center with These Components

In defining addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states “(addiction) is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain, which can be long-lasting. These changes in the brain can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who use drugs.”[1] Importantly, they…

Some Reflections on Treatment and Recovery for Dentists with Substance Use Disorders – PART ONE

When we arrive at our dentist’s office for an appointment, not one of us would expect—or want—to find out he or she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, right? Yet according to Michel A. Sucher, MD, medical director of the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners’ Monitored Aftercare Treatment Program, “About 10 to…

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How to Identify and Help a Health Care Professional with a Substance Use Disorder – PART ONE

How to Identify and Help a Health Care Professional with a Substance Use Disorder – PART ONE [Note to Reader: This post is “Part One” of a 2-part blog-post. “Part Two” will follow shortly after publication of this post.] The nature of addiction has been studied by scientists and researchers for decades. The American Psychiatric…

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Latest Data Indicates Pandemic Spurring Rise in Overdose Deaths

“The concerns we have are related to the big challenges people are facing right now with COVID-19: isolation and uncertainty resulting in very high levels of stress.” — Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA)   According to a White House drug policy office analysis, there was a significant rise (11.4%)…

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Rehab 101: We Don’t Drink or Use, No Matter What “Past Baggage” We’re Facing

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Will Rogers When we’ve “finally had enough” and come into recovery—via an addiction treatment center, an impaired professionals program or a 12 Steps fellowship—most of us are told that abstinence from drinking or using drugs is an essential beginning—”we don’t drink or use, no matter…