Healthcare Professionals Addiction Program

Unique care for unique professionals

At Homewood Health Centre, we know how to address the barriers to treatment for health professionals, including the tremendous burden of shame that these patients bear. We help medical professionals to shed the healthcare persona and realize that they are human beings, like everybody else. It’s a difficult process treating addicted healthcare professionals, because the skills they have worked so hard to acquire are the very things that get in the way of recovery.

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Definition of Membership

Physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, dentists, registered practical nurses, veterinarians and individuals who report to a licensing college and/or those involved in the handling of controlled substances are eligible to participate in this program. The treatment team and/or the attending physician will use clinical judgment in the case of questionable appropriateness.

Addressing recovery head-on

The program helps patients engage effectively in recovery within a group of peer professionals where, with clinician facilitation, participants discuss:

  • absence from practice;
  • returning to practice;
  • legal/licensing status;
  • accessibility to drugs;
  • prescription writing;
  • college hearings;
  • using cues in the workplace;
  • fear of failure;
  • repression of feelings;
  • neglect of personal needs;
  • threatened personal identity;
  • overachieving and competition; and
  • stress attached to caring for others.

Caduceus Group

For those who are required to participate by their Professional College (i.e. physicians & surgeons, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacists) an on-site Caduceus group is available.

How to Get Help

To be admitted to the program, you require a referral from your doctor or other healthcare professional. We can help you with the patient referral and admissions process. Click below to learn more, or read on about additional Health Centre programs.

Admission to the Program
Addiction Medicine Service (AMS)

We provide services for adults suffering from addictions with a number of specialized tracks including healthcare professionals and those with co-occuring psychiatric disorders.

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Addiction-PTSD Recovery Program

The link between addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is undeniable. Homewood provides intensive treatment that is devoted to these co-occurring illnesses.

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Comprehensive Psychiatric Care (CPC)

The care provided in this inpatient program is aimed at minimizing symptoms of chronic mental illness and helping individuals to reach their maximum level of functioning.

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Want to Learn More?

Contact the Program Coordinator at 519.824.1010, extension 2368.

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