Addiction Treatment for Physicians

Addiction Treatment for Physicians

At JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, our specialty is providing top-level care for professionals of all kinds, including those in the medical field.

Physicians are some of the most common professionals who seek addiction treatment, and for a number of reasons. Particularly, physicians do not want to run the risk of being reported to a board or losing their licenses, which is why treatment is often sought. In addition, physicians do not want to jeopardize their reputation amongst others in the medical field or their patients.

Fortunately, addiction treatment for physicians is available and attainable. At Journey Pure Center for Professional Excellence, we provide numerous therapeutic services that are both evidence-based and proven effective in treating substance abuse. We also work to help each and every client end their active addiction by tapping into the mind, body, and spirit to promote full-fledged healing.

It is our goal to ensure that every physician who leaves our facility after completing treatment is sound of mind and body so that he or she can return to work in a manner that keeps both themselves and their patients safe.

How Do Physicians Get Addicted?

Whenever anyone, regardless of their career, becomes addicted to a substance, there are often a number of different factors that play into the development. Most commonly, there are biological and environmental factors that increase one’s risk of abusing substances in the first place. These risks can include:

  • Having a family history of substance abuse or mental illness
  • Having a personal history of substance abuse or mental illness
  • Growing up impoverished
  • Experiencing physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • Experiencing one or more traumatic events
  • Living in an environment where other people abuse substances

Now, add these risk factors to the types of things that physicians experience due to the kind of work that they do. For starters, physicians have full access to medications of all kinds. These include stimulant substances like Adderall and Ritalin, tranquilizers like Ambien, benzodiazepines such as Ativan, and prescription opioids like oxycodone and Vicodin. Having ease of access has historically proven to increase one’s odds of abusing one or more substances.

Some young physicians who are practicing might have begun developing their addictions while still in school. For some, addiction doesn’t just happen overnight, rather, it develops after behaviors and patterns continue for some time. Research has shown that medical students abuse substances such as alcohol and prescription painkillers more than students studying in other fields. It is suggested that this is due in part because medical students spend more time studying, more time in school, and experience pressure to succeed during their residencies.

Additionally, the duties of a physician can be extremely stressful and sometimes upsetting. Not only do physicians see a number of patients daily, but they are also seeing many patients who are not well. And, when treatment is provided to help patients but it does not work, a physician can easily feel dismayed that he or she was unable to help. Physicians might also grapple with dealing with patients who are extremely difficult, which can be very stressful, too. The long hours worked, paired with the stress of the job itself, often serves as the perfect storm for an addiction to begin developing.

Addiction Treatment for Physicians

At JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, physicians can receive treatment and rest assured knowing that they are in the best hands possible. As a team of medical and mental health professionals, we at JourneyPure develop a structured schedule for our patients where they are not only supported but also made comfortable during this trying time.

We know that as a physician, making the decision to get treatment likely didn’t come easy, especially considering the concern that doing so might cost him or her his or her practice. However, we are in no way able to revoke a physician’s license, nor are we allowed to make recommendations for our client to leave his or her job. We are simply here to help each individual who comes to our facility receive comprehensive treatment to help end substance abuse.

At our facility, we will assess the needs of each physician to determine the appropriate course of care that will meet his or her needs. We will also include the client in individual therapy sessions, which can help provide some additional privacy that promotes openness and honesty, as well as in group therapy, which can help the client realize that he or she is not alone. We will also offer a number of additional therapies geared towards helping the client heal from the inside out by addressing all issues as they pertain to a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

Getting Help at Our Addiction Treatment Center for Physicians

If you are caught up in addiction and it is impacting your career, you do not need to continue on this way. Please reach out to us today at 844-259-9926 to discuss your treatment options. We’re here to help you break free from addiction!

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