Family and Friends

It can be devastating to witness a loved one suffering as a result of an untreated substance use disorder or a mental health issue. Sometimes, despite a family’s love, insistence, repeated confrontations, anger, and even negative consequences, these problems persist.


As a person who spends time with a professional outside of his or her workplace, family and friends often know better than anyone else what is really going on. Family and friends see the ripple effect the professional’s behavior can have on those around them. Perhaps you are reading this because you have reached a point of frustration, maybe even a breaking point. You want to know what to do and how to best aid your loved one. NCPHP can help.


Our services are confidential and any issues you reveal about your family member or friend in distress are held in the strictest of confidence.


We believe family involvement is part of the recovery process. Recovery is not an event, but a process that occurs over a period of time. Contacting NCPHP can be the first step in that process.


Our staff has decades of combined experience working with medical professionals. We provide an initial evaluation (free to licensees and registrants of the N.C. Medical Board, the N.C. Board of Pharmacy, and the N.C. Veterinary Medical Board), knowledgeable referrals for any necessary assessment and/or treatment, supportive recovery monitoring, and advocacy, upon request.


NCPHP can also provide referrals for friends and family who need assistance in coping with a loved one’s substance use disorder or mental health issue. This can be an important step toward development of a strong support system.


The Michael W. Wilkerson, MD, Family Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to support family members who want to engage in their loved one’s treatment process, but do not have the funds to do so. The North Carolina Medical Society Foundation manages the fund, which is open to the family of any medical professional assisted by NCPHP.