For the Spouse/Family

Are you noticing your loved one being withdrawn from normal activities? Have you noticed them having sudden mood changes or unexplained behavior? It is hard to know what to do when a loved one has an alcohol or substance use disorder, but RPP is here to provide your loved one with the help he or she needs.

Health care professionals are especially at risk for alcohol and substance use disorders for many reasons. They prescribe and administer medications every day 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 will continue and escalate until their personal and professional relationships are destroyed and their careers ruined.

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.


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. All the boards have chosen to encourage voluntary participation by allowing RPP to assist their licensees outside of the board’s disciplinary process.

However, if they are referred to RPP by their licensing board, they may lose their 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 to case when the participant is not a volunteer.

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. 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 volunteers. 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?

Volunteers do not have a required probationary period since they do not have a board order. A probationary period may be mandated by 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 relapse?

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