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Physican Recovery in Illinois


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Daniel H. Angres, M.D. -
Member, RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Board for Addiction & Psychiatry
Medical Director, Presence Behavioral Health Addiction Services
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychiatry, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Daniel Angres addressed the RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Board on the evolution and current state of the recovery facilities in Illinois.

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Physican Recovery in Illinois

  1. 1. Physician Recovery in Illinois Daniel H. Angres M.D. Medical Director, Presence Behavioral Health Addiction Services Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department of Psychiatry, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
  2. 2. Evolution of Professional’s Program in Illinois 1984 - SAFE Ave nture with Dr. Do ug las Talbo tt and Be n Unde rwo o d (Ge o rg ia) and Dr. Ro g e r Go e tz (So uth Caro lina) Office-based day hospitals with Independent Living 1987 – SAFE Chicago acquired by Parkside 1993 – Parkside acquired by Rush University and becomes Rush Behavioral Health 2007 – Rush Behavioral Health acquired by Presence (Resurrection) Health *Average census 20 patients, all professionals, half physicians *Healthcare professionals from across the country, now mostly Midwest *Largest and oldest professional’s program in Illinois and one of the first in the U.S. *Treated over 4000 professionals (2/3 healthcare professionals)
  3. 3. Professional’s Program at Presence Behavioral Health (Based on the Talbott Model) 4 phases: 1) Residential and/or Inpatient detox (when needed) 2) - Partial Hospital with Independent Living Program 3) – The “Mirror Image Phase” 4) - Two year aftercare (Caduceus Groups)
  4. 4. Component of the Program – Multi-Disciplinary Assessment Program (MAP) Fitness for Duty, 2 to 3 days • Physicians & Other Healthcare Professionals • Attorneys • Clergy • Business Executives
  5. 5. Illinois Physicians •Over physicians 50k in Illinois •Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), supportive entity •Illinois Professional Health Program separate from IDFPR-some support from Illinois State Medical Society •Chicago Medical Society (CMS) with increasing interest in physician wellness and culture of safety
  6. 6. Guidebook • Facilitates communication between patients, and between staff and patients; provides a “common language” • Assists patients in internalizing key concepts of recovery • Improves self-awareness • Use of self-reports increases opportunities for research • Improves treatment outcomes as measured by abstinence rates & perceived well-being
  7. 7. Opportunities in Chicago • Need for “high end” residential program • Include treatment of obesity&/or compulsive/addictive eating patterns using addiction model • Expand existing Professional’s Program • Expand sober living for professionals • Partner with Northwestern