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Addiction Treatment Resources for Physicians and Doctors
Doctors work in highly stressful jobs and often struggle with addiction to drugs, alcohol or other types of addiction. But they may be reluctant to seek traditional treatment in rehab programs because of particular concerns about their work. They may fear being “outed” or wonder if they can trust their own judgment in making healthcare decisions.
Inpatient Rehab vs. Outpatient Programs
“In an inpatient program, the patient lives in the facility full-time, meaning professionals can ensure the withdrawal period is not problematic.”In an inpatient program, the patient lives in the facility full-time, meaning professionals can ensure the withdrawal period is not problematic. If necessary, medications such as methadone or Buprenorphine for opioid addiction can be given and monitored. The patient will also have constant access to people who can provide support. Inpatient treatment is more expensive than outpatient programs.
In an outpatient facility, the patient goes in for treatment but still lives at home. This is a more flexible form of treatment that allows the patient to continue life as normal outside of rehab, but it is not as intensive.
Should I Choose a Residential Rehab?
Choosing a residential rehab program is one option for treating addiction for physicians and doctors. The choice depends on what drugs the patient is addicted to and whether he requires particularly close medical and psychological supervision during the initial detox period. The patient will also have to be able to take an extended leave from work, which may be daunting for a doctor.
What Does Executive Treatment Offer Over Other Rehabs?
Executive rehab programs are designed for important patients, like doctors, who have jobs in the public eye and that require the people they work with to trust them. These programs provide extra policy and allow patients to perform some work while receiving care. They also provide privacy and security for clients.
How Long Will My Inpatient Rehabilitation Last?
Depending on the advice of professional treatment experts, inpatient programs typically last from one to three months. Extended treatment options are available, if needed and can be of indefinite length.
What Happens During Rehab?
- Intake and assessment: Medical professionals assess a patient and determine a treatment plan. This may include a combination of medical administration of drugs to help withdrawal, group therapy with others recovering from addiction or psychotherapeutic treatment.
- Detoxing: The patient quits the substance or behavior with the help of medical professionals. This is often done before a patient joins the general population of people in recovery.
- Addiction treatment: Professionals attempt to cure the root causes of the patient’s addiction through individual counseling, group therapy and supervised medical treatment. Counselors teach patients to recognize the triggers in their life that may drive them to substance addiction or behavioral disorder.
- Specialized care: Those who need specialized treatment, such as medications like methadone or Buprenorphine, will receive it if facility staff thinks it is necessary.
- Extended Care / Aftercare: During rehab, patients learn how to create and foster such a support network, and how to use it for help.
Paying for Drug, Alcohol and Behavioral Addiction Treatment
Rehab can cost as low as $7,500 a month up to $35,000 a month – sometimes it costs $100,000 per month for high-end luxury facilities. The price depends on the program, location, amenities and whether you receive insurance coverage. Insurance may cover just part of a treatment program or may only cover outpatient treatment.
Finance options are available. Trained counselors can help patients figure out other possible ways of paying for treatment, including help from family members or from their employer.
Should I Travel or Stay Near Home?
For well-known patients or those with jobs in the public eye, such as physicians and doctors, distance can be helpful by reducing the chance of them meeting their own patients or someone else they know who might reveal or compromise their situation. However, the most important consideration is finding the right rehab plan for you. Further, non-local facilities may not be in-network for your insurance provider.
Support Groups to Stay Sober
Continued or life-long support after initial treatment is vital for sobriety. Having someone to call after rehab is a vital pillar of life-long recovery and sobriety. In treatment, a patient will usually participate in therapy groups and will learn how to behave and share their feelings in such a group, as well as how to ask for help and support from other people. Patients are also taught ways to help others who are struggling.
Using Our Helpline to Determine Your Rehab Options
If you are looking to ease the transition back into a healthy, sober lifestyle, we can help. Call 1-888-716-9806 to discuss treatment options.
It’s Never Too Late to Turn Everything Around!
No matter how out of control your addiction may feel, it is never too late to seek help. Now is the time to seek treatment for your addiction or behavior disorder.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Drugs or Alcohol Affecting Your Work as a physician or doctor?
When you’re job is to help others, drug and alcohol abuse may affect your work. Call the hotline at 1-888-716-9806 for help.
Are There Legal Consequences of Using as a doctor?
Yes. Everyone faces the same criminal consequences of illegal drug use, and physicians and doctors may face other types of consequences because of their sensitive work in the healthcare system and access to drugs that requires medical licenses.
Will My Company Keep My Treatment Private and Confidential?
As a doctor, this may be essential to keeping your career.
Will I Be Able to Keep My Job if I Undergo Treatment?
Yes, though patients will have to take time away from work or make special arrangements if they go to an inpatient facility.
Can I Continue to Work During Treatment?
Yes, although during a residential inpatient program patients stay in the facility 24 hours a day, so they may need to take a vacation or medical leave from their job.
Can I Use My Phone or the Internet During Treatment?
In most inpatient treatment programs, no; however, there are often phones available for use in the facility. Further, some executive treatment programs, have different rules to allow patients to continue to do some work at their jobs while in the facility.
Questions and Answers
Can Job Stress Cause a Drug or Alcohol Problem?
Yes. Physicians and doctors work in some of the most stressful jobs, and work stress can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, or exacerbate an existing problem.
Can I Get Treatment for a Dual Diagnosis (Both an Addiction and Behavioral Disorder)?
Yes. Treating addiction for doctors can include dual diagnosis work. Many treatment centers specialize in dual diagnosis treatment, which means addressing both a drug or alcohol problem and also a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
What are the Most Commonly Abused Drugs in the Workplace?
Marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, heroin and other opiates, methamphetamine, Vicodin, Adderall, cough medicines, tranquilizers.