Re: Six lessons from state physician health programs to promote long-term recovery.

Chaos Theory and Pharmacology

Dupont RL, Skipper GE. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2012 Jan-Mar;44(1):72-8. Six lessons from state physician health programs to promote long-term recovery. 

Abstract

“The success of the nation’s state physician health programs (PHPs) provides important new evidence on the potential for dramatically reducing relapse and promoting long-term recovery from substance use disorders. This article summarizes the findings of the first national PHP study and outlines six lessons learned from this model of care management: (1) zero tolerance for any use of alcohol and other drugs; (2) thorough evaluation and patient-focused care; (3) prolonged, frequent random testing for both alcohol and other drugs; (4) effective use of leverage; (5) defining and managing relapses; and (6) the goal of lifelong recovery rooted in the 12-Step fellowships. PHPs are a part of a new paradigm of care management that includes the programs developed for commercial pilots (HIMS) and for attorneys (CoLAP). Elements of this model…

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