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Why Do Physicians Need Aftercare And Monitoring?

What Are Some Warning Signs of Substance Abuse Among Nurses?

The power of a prescription pad is a great one. Prescription pads don’t come with a GPS. Nurses, administrative staff, spouses, friends, patients- nobody can follow a doctor’s every single move throughout every moment of every day. For physicians, accountability in recovery is especially important. With a renewed sense of moral obligation attached to the necessity of preventing relapse, physicians will feel more compelled to abide by the new rules of their life. Whether their addiction lived in their prescription pads or their liquor cabinets, or in other hidden parts of their lifestyle, physicians learn they can no longer keep secrets. Incorporating aftercare and monitoring into a physician’s recovery post-treatment helps maintain the structure of accountability outside of treatment center walls. Over many months, being honest and being accountable becomes part of physician’s innate routine for living a life of recovery. Practice doesn’t make perfect, as all physicians know, because their offices are called practices. In the world of recovery, practice makes progress and progress is always more important than perfection.


Treatment is a highly individualized process, especially for professionals like physicians. Not all physicians can spend months in treatment away from their practices and their careers. The point of treatment at the Center for Professional Recovery is to help professionals heal and prepare to transition back into their careers. Aftercare brings some of treatment home. We set up relationships with trusted providers for therapy, psychiatry, and more, to continue supporting physicians in recovery. Research and practical experience has clearly and repeatedly demonstrated that being thrown back into career and life after treatment is unsuccessful. Professionals need ongoing support for a period of time to make their transition into full time work without a relapse. Ultimately, the goal of any recovery practices post-treatment is to help reinforce the importance of abstinence and maintaining recovery.


Old habits die hard, it is said. Even with support, accountability, and aftercare, it can be tempting for physicians to utilize one of their many resources for intoxication. Monitoring can take many forms, including check ins, regular urinalysis and more. A physician monitors their patients’ progress by checking in with them, having follow up appointments, and regularly examining them. Recovery for a physician is no different. Follow up appointments, checking in, and regularly examining the status of their mental, physical, and emotional health are critical for progress.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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