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DUI – Doctors Under the Influence – and the Consequences (Part I)

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime and doctors, who seem to have about the same rate of substance use disorders as the general population, are not immune. The consequences for DUI have become more severe, especially for physicians and other licensed health professionals, particularly in some states. And forRead More

CPR’s Trial by Fire

“Mandatory evacuation now!” the police commanded. In my last 30 years working in addiction and treatment, I have seen my fair share of challenges. There have been cross country moves, changing facilities and staff changes that were really hard, but the last year has been extraordinary. It all started in November last year when weRead More

Treatment Programs Designed for Physicians and other Health Professionals

All substance use disorder treatment programs should be excellent, unfortunately standards are often lax, in part because funding is inadequate. Every program should be licensed and accredited and have a physician involved with expertise in addiction medicine. Counseling staff should be licensed. Every program should have excellent evaluation services for assessing the severity of theRead More

Why Alcoholism Rates Are So High For Lawyers

When it comes to alcoholism, there is a connection between career choices and drinking habits. Unfortunately, certain professions seem to have greater percentages of workers who struggle with alcohol abuse. The American Bar Association (ABA) published a study that confirms that lawyers have a higher percentage of people who abuse alcohol when compared to theRead More

How Professionals Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

How Professionals Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness Mental health is an important concern for everyone, even though most of us usually focus on physical health. Even so, psychological illnesses and mental disorders can affect anyone at any time in their lives. The problem is that mental health is still a taboo topic and sufferingRead More

What To Do When Alcohol Affects Job Performance

Alcohol is well known for its ability to lower inhibitions and create a temporary release from the stresses in life. It’s also widely accepted, easily available, and often included in most social settings, even those that are job related. However, once abused, alcohol begins to show its negative side. Excessive drinking, or binge drinking, startsRead More

How Can Depression Affect a Person’s Work Motivation?

Depression can be extremely debilitating if not treated appropriately, and work professionals are not immune to this mental health condition. In fact, upper level executives are at risk for developing depression, given the numerous amounts of stress, pressure, and hours that go into their work endeavors each week. Doctors, first responders, nurses, veterinarians and lawyersRead More

Veterinarians and Depression: Job and Mental Health-Related Concerns

Please note: If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Your life matters. Veterinarians are often not considered for mental health concerns; with presumably high salaries and a constant need for veterinarians, societal perceptions often lack appropriate knowledge for what this population of professionals truly need. Veterinarians undergoRead More

Why is Relapse Prevention Important?

Whether you’re recovering from a mental illness or substance use disorder (SUD), relapse can affect your health, performance at work, and your personal life as well. Returning to work after spending some time in treatment can be daunting, and not establishing an action plan for your return could set you up for additional challenges inRead More

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