The Power In Keeping…And Sharing…A Secret

Sunrise On Top Of Mountain-Secrets-Physician Health ProgramConventional wisdom in the addiction recovery community is that “we are as sick as our secrets.” Secrets fuel addictive behaviors because of how deeply they’re rooted. They breach trust, overwhelm the people keeping them and damage relationships.

Therapists hear some of clients’ most raw and painful secrets. They might include confessions such as [Read more…]

Brief Training On Overdose Sufficient For Distribution Of Naloxone, Study Finds

Doctor Training On Overdose - PhysicianHealthProgram.comBrief educational sessions in the use of naloxone are capable of helping laypeople recognize and appropriately react to most of the telltale signs of an overdose, researchers have found.

Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily halt the drug actions of opioid substances and thereby reduce the risks for severe or fatal outcomes in cases of opioid overdose. However, [Read more…]

California Declares E-Cigarettes Public Health Hazard

The California Department of Public Health recently issued a strong statement condemning e-cigarettes as a health threat and asking they be regulated as if they were tobacco products.

In doing so, the department was following the lead of health officials in several other states as concern grows about the sudden expansion of the market for this potentially dangerous [Read more…]

With Enhanced Training, Resident Doctors Build Confidence In Treating Substance Abusers

Resident Doctors Training - PhysicianHealthProgram.comIncreased training in substance use disorders enhances the sense of preparedness in resident doctors to properly address the needs of individuals with serious substance problems, according to a study published in September 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse.

Doctors working in emergency rooms and hospitals are often the first [Read more…]

Cross Addiction: Reality Or Myth?

Road - Cross Addiction Reality Or Myth - PhysicianHealthProgram.comIt has long been believed that prior addiction predisposes a person to trouble with drugs and alcohol in the future. According to many chemical dependency experts, once the addictive genie has escaped from its bottle, it will do everything in its power to protect and preserve its freedom, even if it has to switch its drug of choice. [Read more…]

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Against Psychiatric Boarding

On August 7, 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the practice known as “psychiatric boarding” violates the law. Psychiatric boarding refers to housing psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms until space becomes available at specialized treatment facilities.

Supreme Court Psychiatric Boarding Violates Law - PhysicianHealthProgramIn 2013, The Seattle Times reported that psychiatric boarding had become an epidemic in Washington, with more than double the number of patients involuntarily detained in emergency rooms in 2013 than in 2011. The Washington Supreme Court decision [Read more…]

Fearful Feds Put New Limits On Addictive Painkillers

New Restrictions On Prescription Painkillers - PhysicianHealthProgramThe Drug Enforcement Administration announced in August that extra restrictions would soon be placed on prescription opioid painkillers. After a 45-day waiting period, these new regulations have now been activated, and the way narcotic pain medications are distributed has changed significantly as a result. [Read more…]

Physician Health Programs Help Doctors Struggling with Prescription Drugs

Physician Health Programs Help Doctors Struggling with Prescription DrugsWhen we think about the prescription drug epidemic few of us include the doctors who prescribe those drugs. And yet around 10-15 percent of physicians wind up dealing with substance abuse at some point in their lives, mostly in the form of prescription drug abuse. Though this is roughly equivalent to rates among the general population, doctors who use substances while still in practice are a risk to their patients and can harm to public confidence. Few physicians are willing to risk seeking treatment for fear of their addiction being discovered, but physician health programs (PHPs) were designed to overcome this very hurdle.

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction Among Anesthesiology Residents

Since they understand human physiology so much better than the rest of us we expect doctors to take proper care of their own bodies. But doctors are human, after all, and they make some of the same bad choices that others do. A new study by an on-staff anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic found that doctors training for a career in anesthesiology abuse some of the same drugs they are learning to administer to patients.

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