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Relapse among Physicians with Substance Use Disorders

Studies have reported that the relapse rate of physicians with substance use disorders over a 5-year period following commencement of a monitoring agreement with a Physician Health Program (PHP) is about 20%.  This is an impressive but overly simplistic statistic. What is relapse? Are there different severities of relapse? Should relapse be considered a failureRead More

“Failing Up” – and the ASAM Criteria

It has become common in the treatment of substance use disorders to accept the idea of treating an individual at a lower (and less expensive) level of care with the plan that if they fail (i.e. relapse) that then, and only then, is a higher level of care warranted. This concept of “failing up” isRead More

A Crisis of Physician Health in California

California was one of the first states to develop a program for early detection and treatment of physicians with substance abuse problems, but the program was closed in 2007. Now, California is one of the only states lacking such a program. The result has been catastrophic for many physicians and their patients. Substance use disordersRead More

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