NCPHP offers support to physicians, physician assistants, perfusionists, and anesthesia assistants who are struggling with substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, burnout, or any other mental health concerns that may impact the delivery of care to their patients.
“When my world came crashing down, due to consequences of active opiate addiction, NCPHP was there to help me organize the process of detox, rehab and monitored early recovery. Through NCPHP’s advocacy and leadership, I was afforded the opportunity to regain my medical license. Eight years into recovery I am blessed with a personal and professional life that far exceeds my wildest expectations.”
Past participant, 10/3/16
“NCPHP exists in a gray zone to lend an arm to those who spend a lifetime doing this for others. When a provider needs support, knowingly or not, it is truly a gift to have NCPHP in a position to provide it. Without NCPHP, I daresay what would happen; at the least, we would lose some of the most precious resources in our community. I can’t imagine how this tough role can be performed any better than the way I have known NCPHP to do it.”
Past participant, 10/06/2016
“I had the good fortune of being introduced to the NCPHP in 2006 after an addiction relapse which almost cost me my vocation and my life. The PHP did 2 major things for me, which made the difference between a bright future and a dark future or even death. First, they held me accountable. Not in a gestapo way, but in a friendly encouraging manner, which really gave me the motivation to do my very best. There were requirements, which were necessary such as meetings, urine tests and reports to complete, but there was also always kind and encouraging words to help me on my path and give me the motivation I needed to stay clean.
“Second, they intervened for me with the Veterinary Medical Board, which gave me a second chance to straighten my life up without losing everything I had worked so hard for and built through my life. It was a gift that I did not deserve, and that is the definition of grace. I am very thankful to everyone at NCPHP that I have my life back and am able to continue to do what I love. NCPHP is a wonderful organization with loving caring people involved in it. They are there for you if you need them. I would highly recommend any medical professional with a substance abuse problem call them, they will be there to help you.”
Past participant, 10/06/2016
“I was monitored by the North Carolina Physician’s Health Program as I was being established in recovery. I have nothing but good things to say about my following the suggestion to contact them and of the support and advocacy that they have provided over the years. The staff were and are always professional, responsible, and seemed genuinely interested in my well-being. I always enjoyed my time with my field monitors during their visits as a refreshing break from my clinical day – a chance to talk recovery with an interested ear. The NCPHP staff undoubtedly played a positive role in my recovery and I hope to remain forever grateful for this. As my medical career has continued to blossom as one of the infinite fruits of this recovery, I have gained a growing respect for the NCPHP as an organization that, in my opinion, serves as a model for advocacy program in other states. Thank you.”
Past participant, 10/08/2016