Alcohol Use Disorder and Addiction
Substance abuse in professionals, especially physicians, can be difficult to detect mainly because they are aware of the symptoms of abuse and work very hard to conceal them at work. They mask the smell of alcohol on their breath with mints or blame long hours for their red eyes. A hallmark of substance abuse is denial and for many addicted professionals, they have justified their substance use and believe they do not have a problem and can stop at any time. Alcohol use disorder and addiction among professionals can affect not only their careers, but their relationships, civic duties and health.
Drug Use Disorder and Addiction
As with opioid misuse, professionals who are addicted to drugs such as marijuana or cocaine have often developed a drug use disorder and addiction through self-medication. Physicians and other professionals who find themselves mired in addiction have done so because of their ability to hide their abuse from others. They lean on mind-altering drugs to take the “edge off”, to relax, or even, to keep going. It’s the long surgical cases on their books, their long flights ahead, or the thirty-day trial that has promoted overwhelming stress and led to substance abuse.
Pain Medication Abuse
Healthcare professionals are at particular risk for pain medication abuse for many reasons such as accessibility to medications, pharmacological knowledge of the drugs which promotes a false sense of control, and a tendency to self-treat. When healthcare professionals find themselves in need of relief from pain they may find themselves self-prescribing. Without treatment for the underlying cause, self-prescribing or self-treating can become a problem.
In most cases, professionals who turn to alcohol or drug abuse have done so because of their profession’s high demands, stress and expectations. Fear, anxiety, and stress are all psychiatric disorders that are increasingly found in individuals suffering from an addiction disorder. Positive Sobriety Institute performs comprehensive assessments that identify co-occurring addictions and within a multidisciplinary approach, formulates treatment plans to address the multiple disorders.
Partial Hospitalization Program
Among the several treatment programs available at Positive Sobriety Institute, our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is the most in demand. Positive Sobriety Institute’s PHP is a highly structured program of therapy and support services for professionals experiencing addictions. An alternative to inpatient hospitalization, this program is designed to treat individuals who are able to tolerate the less intensive structure of a day program and have support outside the treatment environment.
Sound Technology Therapy
Sound technology therapy helps induce the body’s natural relaxation response and is used to assist in the addiction recovery process. It can reduce feelings that are considered triggers to addictive personalities such as anxiety, pain, depression, fatigue, and headaches by delivering vibrations and binaural beats that induce a meditative state in most people. These sounds resonate to specific healing frequencies that help bring the body and mind back into balance.
The support that a family provides to their recovering family member is essential to his/her success. Positive Sobriety Institute works closely with clients and families to repair broken relationships caused by addiction. Family Counseling is an opportunity for families to receive educational training, to learn how they can be a powerful force for change in the addicted person’s life, and to heal the pain caused by their loved one’s addiction.
Nutrition Services: Dopamine Diet
Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter found in the brain which is responsible for happiness and other emotions. It is essential for the normal functioning of the central nervous system. Positive Sobriety Institute helps clients raise their dopamine levels naturally though a diet high in amino acids, eggs, fish, poultry and red meat, all rich in protein and contributory to improved brain function.
Daniel Angres, MD
Medical Director, Positive Sobriety
Dr. Daniel Angres is a national expert in psychiatry, addiction, and physicians’ health programs. Currently, he serves as the Medical Director of the Positive Sobriety Institute as well as Chief Medical Officer of RiverMend Health Addiction Services. Dr. Angres has been a top, nationally recognized, expert in addiction and dual disorders evaluation and treatment medicine with a specialty in working with addicted professionals for 30 years. Dr. Angres has lectured at major academic medical centers across the USA. Dr. Angres’ work has helped change the field, addiction treatment methods and outcomes. Dr. Angres has been published in peer reviewed journals, referenced by other leaders, and has authored two ground-breaking books on the subject of chemical dependency, “Healing the Healer” and “Positive Sobriety.” Dr. Angres has been active in teaching and research in Chicago and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
The Positive Sobriety Institute accepts a wide variety of health insurance provider plans as well as fee for service cash payments. Because insurance plan coverage can change frequently and we are always adding new health insurers, we recommend calling the Positive Sobriety Institute at (844) 285-2826 to discuss insurance coverage, financial planning and payment arrangements.
The Positive Sobriety Institute is located in Chicago, Illinois minutes from Lake Michigan and just 25 minutes from Chicago Midway International Airport. The Positive Sobriety Institute provides door-to-door car service for each of our registered clients.