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Caron Treatment Centers relaunches treatment program for health care professionals in Berks

Caron Treatment Centers has announced the relaunch of its specialty Healthcare Professionals Program.

The program offers treatment for licensed medical professionals struggling with alcohol or substance use disorder, the South Heidelberg Township-based nonprofit said in a release.

“There are unique challenges to recovery for health care professionals – from the risk of losing their medical licenses, to easy access to controlled substances, to burnout, especially since the pandemic,” said Dr. Adam Scioli, corporate medical director and head of psychiatry at Caron. “Health care professionals need specialized support as they navigate their recovery and…return to the workforce.”

The program comprises four weeks of core residential treatment, followed by a variable stay of two to four weeks through Caron’s partial hospitalization program, providing a bridge while patients continue counseling and group work.

Participants will have additional sessions with doctors and staff, including peer group sessions with other patients in the program, officials said.

A dedicated clinician and psychologist will work with patients during residential treatment and follow them as they move to partial hospitalization.

Caron will also advocate for participants as they meet all licensure requirements for transitioning back into professional practice. Participants will be able to use their health care insurance for this treatment.

Health care professionals eligible for the program include: MDs and DOs, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, nurses (RNs, CRNAs and LPNs), dentists, pharmacists and veterinarians.

“Many health care professionals won’t admit to themselves that they have a problem,” Scioli said. “Their sense of identity is very much tied to their career, and they become caught up in the role of being a doctor, nurse or successful professional. They wrongly believe treatment for a substance use disorder is the end of their career, when in fact addiction is the greatest threat to their career. The recovery rate from a substance use disorder for medical professionals is much higher than the average population. There is hope.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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