Department of Psychiatry offers addiction treatment, recovery resources for health professionals

April 6, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

U-M Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS) offers a specialized program designed for health care workers battling addiction or other mental health problems.

The program, called Addiction Treatment and Recovery for Health Professionals, helps licensed health care workers through safe, respectful, private treatment.

Substance use disorders occur when genetics, environment and exposure all create the perfect storm. They can manifest when someone has a genetic predisposition to addiction, if their environment is stressful and/or if they are exposed to the substance itself.

“Many health professionals face increased stress, due to recurring critical decisions, a fast-paced work environment, and the 24/7 nature of health care delivery,” said Edward Jouney, D.O., an addiction psychiatrist and clinical instructor with UMATS.

“Just as with other diseases, if addictions are left untreated the problem tends to get worse,” said Wendy S. Yallop, LMSW, clinical social worker with UMATS. “With this program, we are trying to help people get back to work so they can meet their full potential.”

Individuals may be referred into the Addiction Treatment and Recovery for Health Professionals program through the state of Michigan’s Health Professional Recovery Program (HPRP), through the Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience, or through their provider via U-M’s MiChart. Others are self-referred.

Once referred into the program, individuals are evaluated by an addiction psychiatrist and given an individualized treatment plan that may include medication, individual therapy, group therapy, or a combination of the three.

“Once treatment begins, positive changes often occur quickly,” Yallop said. “It’s much better to get help early on. We encourage any health professional who is concerned to reach out and get a confidential assessment. This can help them make an informed decision about their options.”

The UMATS team provides treatment and guidance in a supportive and caring environment, and are committed to helping health professionals achieve recovery.

If you or someone you care about is dealing with an addiction, please visit U-M Addiction Treatment Services by clicking here.