Addiction Recovery Centers See Uptick in Healthcare Professionals Entering Treatment for Heroin, Opioids

Addiction Recovery Centers See Uptick in Healthcare Professionals

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The National Institute of Health reports that approximately 10 to 15 percent of all healthcare professionals will misuse drugs or alcohol at some point during their career, which means healthcare professionals are at the same risk of substance abuse as the general population.

In the past two years, addiction recovery and rehabilitation centers across the country have experienced a skyrocket in admissions of professionals of all types — from medical students, residents, pharmacists and dentists to attorneys, business owners, IT professionals and corporate executives — for heroin addiction treatment.

At Chicago-based Positive Sobriety Institute, for example, the number of healthcare professionals who enter treatment for heroin addiction has more than tripled during this period. Daniel Angres, MD, Founder and Medical Director of the Positive Sobriety Institute and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, will be visiting Santa Monica on Tuesday, Oct. 18 to discuss the topic with local physicians and community members.

“It’s a great opportunity to inform other colleagues in healthcare on the various problems and stressors facing physicians today, including substance use disorders,” he said. “Some of these stressors include the weight of high expectations, the need to make life and death decisions, and disruptive lifestyles due to demanding and inconsistent schedules.”

A Different Approach for Addicted Professionals
The general population sees an outcome of 40 to 60 percent recovery following treatment. However, studies conducted by Robert DuPont, MD, and Mark S. Gold, MD, of RiverMend Health’s Scientific Advisory Board found that medical professionals treated in specialty addiction programs and monitored by physician health programs achieve nearly an 80 percent ongoing abstinence rate.

During his presentation at the iconic Shutters on the Beach Hotel, Dr. Angres will review approaches to assessment, treatment and outcomes of addicted physicians with comparisons of other addicted professional groups, including business leaders, legal professionals and professional athletes.

Additionally, Kathy Bettinardi-Angres, APN, Director of Multidisciplinary Assessments at Positive Sobriety Institute, will hone in on the components of the Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Assessment Program (M-CAP), an alternative to the traditional intervention, which can be completed within two to three days to determine if an employee is or is not able to perform essential job functions because of psychological or psychiatric conditions.

For professionals suffering from addiction or other disorders, a proven treatment model that pairs them with other afflicted healthcare professionals provides the best opportunity for lifelong recovery and a longer life.

Event Details

Tuesday, October 18
Shutters on the Beach, The Beachside Room

1 Pico Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
• 11 a.m. – Assessment, Treatment & Outcomes: An Overview of Different Professional Groups
Presented by Daniel Angres, MD, Medical Director of the Positive Sobriety Institute

• 12:30 pm – The Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Assessment: An Alternative to the Traditional Intervention
Presented by Kathy Bettinardi-Angres, APN, MS, RN, CADC, Director of Multidisciplinary Assessments at Positive Sobriety Institute

Lunch will be provided and one continuing education credit is available for Dr. Angres’ presentation. Seating is limited; please register online.

About Positive Sobriety Institute
Positive Sobriety Institute’s treatment programs for drug, alcohol, pain medication abuse and co-occurring disorders are uniquely designed to help highly motivated professionals struggling with addiction rebuild their lives and careers. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago and aligned with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Positive Sobriety Institute’s multidisciplinary team of board-certified physicians and licensed clinicians provide the complete continuum of recovery care, including detoxification, partial hospitalization, independent living and outpatient services. For more information, call (312) 312-9000 or email or visit

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