Addiction Treatment for Health Care Professionals

Hope is within reach.

Your health. Your career. Your relationships. Your self-respect. Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, and health care professionals are not immune to its devastating consequences.

Through the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's specialized treatment program for health care professionals, you will find the personalized care, unparalleled expertise, and peer support you need to rebuild your life and preserve your career.

Specialized Care

For more than 60 years, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has helped people from all walks of life and all across the world reclaim their lives from addiction. And we know from experience that addiction and recovery issues can be especially complex for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals.

  • You have ready access to medications and extensive knowledge of pharmaceuticals.
  • Many of you encounter death, trauma, and untreatable illness at your workplace every day.
  • You are driven to excel, often to the point of perfectionism.
  • You have likely hidden your addiction for years.
  • Your license and livelihood are on the line.
  • You know how to be the healer but not how to be the patient.

These are a few of the reasons the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers a specialized treatment program for health care professionals, including a first-of-its-kind track for nurses.

Comprehensive Evaluation

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's comprehensive residential evaluation begins with a complete medical assessment and examination and includes the following:

  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Drug and alcohol use assessment
  • Wellness assessment
  • Spiritual assessment
  • Psychiatric assessment

At the evaluation's conclusion, our interdisciplinary team of clinicians will discuss findings and recommendations with you and, with your direction, will communicate with your referents, family members, and/or employer.

From admission and assessment through treatment and continuing care, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation works closely with well-being and monitoring programs, at your request, to ensure that your particular needs are being met.

Evidence-Based Practices, Peer Treatment Cohort

Treatment at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is built on evidence-based practices along with integrated clinical disciplines and individualized planning—all in a comfortable, healing, and supportive environment. Your interdisciplinary care team consists of many professionals:

  • Addiction counselors
  • Psychologists and psychiatrists
  • Physicians and nurses
  • Family specialists
  • Spiritual care professionals
  • Nutritionists and wellness specialists

Core programming involves intensive group therapy, psychoeducational services, and individual counseling. In addition, group work specifically for health care professionals provides you with powerful insights from peers facing similar challenges and situations.

Through ongoing sessions with our health care professionals staff members, you will also have the opportunity to address issues related to professional licensure, employment status, anonymity, reputation, career, professional practice, and participation in monitoring programs.

Addicted health care professionals program in Oregon

In this video Dr. Laura Moss, medical director of the nationally recognized health care professionals program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's addiction treatment facility in Springbrook, Oregon, describes how the specialized program helps addicted health care professionals recover and regain their lives.


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