For the Spouse/Family/Colleague

Have you noticed that your loved one or colleague has withdrawn from, or lost interest in, normal activities? Have you noticed sudden mood changes or unexplained behavior? It is hard to know what to do when a loved one or colleague has an alcohol or substance use disorder or suffers from depression, anxiety, or job-related burnout. The good news is that RPP is here to provide your loved one or colleague with the help he or she needs.

Use related disorders do not discriminate. Statistics reflect that approximately ten percent of healthcare workers suffer from a use related disorder. In addition, healthcare professionals prescribe and administer medications as a main tool of treatment and help for their patients. They have easy access to medications and knowledge of the drugs, which may foster a false sense of control and tendency to self-medicate. Unfortunately, without help for underlying causes, alcohol and drug use may continue and escalate until their personal and professional relationships are destroyed and their careers are interrupted or even ruined.

Healthcare professionals may also be at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, and job-related burnout. RPP’s team of experienced specialists uses proven best practices to assist you with obtaining the personalized care, treatment, and support you need to rebuild your life and to continue your career.

We understand finding help for your loved one can be intimidating. We understand the concern of what the household will experience if your loved one seeks help. RPP promises to provide privacy and professional guidance for your loved one in seeking treatment and regaining their life through recovery.

FAQ’s:

Will my loved one lose his or her license if they contact RPP?

Professionals who contact RPP, before their professional licensing board is contacted, remain anonymous to their peers. The boards have chosen to encourage voluntary participation by allowing RPP to assist licensees who voluntarily report to RPP outside of the board’s disciplinary process. Voluntary compliant participants will not be reported to the Board.

However, if a licensee is referred to RPP by their licensing board, RPP will communicate with the Board concerning the licensee’s progress. A Board referred licensee may lose his or her license temporarily, with the return of the license contingent upon the professional’s compliance with both RPP’s requirements and his or her board order. This varies from board to board and case by case when the participant is not voluntary.

How does RPP determine if a licensee is appropriate for monitoring?

All prospective participants will be screened and/or initially assessed by RPP. Depending upon the professional licensing board, RPP may conduct an assessment or refer the prospective participant out for third party assessment to determine whether the licensee is appropriate for services.

What is the length of treatment?

Individual treatment depends upon the participant’s needs and their profession. RPP uses evidence-based best practices and ASAM criteria in recommending an individual’s appropriate level of care following an RPP conducted assessment. A participant referred for third-party evaluation will be required to follow the treatment recommendations issued by the third-party assessor. Treatment may be either inpatient or outpatient as consistent with their board’s expectations. The participant’s progress is monitored by RPP throughout the continuum of care.

Who pays for treatment, and how much does it cost?

The healthcare professional pays for his or her own treatment. Insurance may pay a portion of the cost, which varies by treatment facility and type or length of treatment.

Will my loved one be out of work, and for how long?

The period of time that a healthcare professional is out of work generally depends on the individual’s ability to establish a stable life in recovery and practice safely. This is always true for voluntary participants. Professionals who are referred by the boards may be prevented from practicing for a time determined by the licensing board.

Is there a probation period during which my loved one cannot work?

Voluntary participants do not have a required probationary period since they do not have a board order. A probationary period may be mandated by the board if the matter becomes known to the Board.

Is any counseling available for the spouse and/or family?

Family members are always encouraged to be involved in a healthcare professional’s treatment.

What happens in the event of a reoccurrence?

We understand substance use disorder is a chronic disease and reoccurrences sometimes occur. In this instance, the professional is promptly assessed and an appropriate course of action is determined. Voluntary participants are not reported to the board unless they fail to comply with RPP’s recommendations.