Physician Health Program

By Addiction Policy Forum

Physician Health Programs are established in 47 states and the District of Columbia to intervene early to support treatment and recovery when there are concerns about a physician’s substance use. PHPs provide doctors who may have a substance use disorder with a quality of care that is not available to most people struggling with addiction. The key pieces of the intervention are intensive and prolonged residential and outpatient treatment, five-year extended support and monitoring, and engagement of employers, peers and family in support and monitoring to help doctors keep their medical license.

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