Why Do Doctors Get Addicted?
Doctors struggle with drug and alcohol addictions at similar or higher rates as the general population. They are exposed to many of the same risk factors for addiction and mental health disorders as people outside the medical profession, such as genetic predisposition, childhood trauma, and the … Continue reading
What Is a Physician Health Program?
Most states have a physician health program (PHP) to help addicted physicians get the drug, alcohol and mental health treatment they need to keep their license and return to practice. In many cases, physicians who willingly participate in a PHP avoid formal complaints to the medical board along with … Continue Reading
FAQs on Physician Health Programs
Who Can Participate in a Physician Health Program? While originally developed in the late 1970s for the benefit of addicted doctors, PHPs have gradually broadened their focus to include other health care professionals (such as dentists, veterinarians and pharmacists) and other ailments (such as … continue reading