Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Treatment Program For Pharmacists
For pharmacists who find themselves in need of the Professionals Program at Cornerstone of Recovery, their addiction might seem like the end of their careers.
How, they wonder, can they return to work in an environment where they’re surrounded by the drugs that have caused such problems in their lives? How can they count and dispense medication that they themselves became addicted to?
The answer is a simple one: recovery, provided by a foundation laid by a rehab program at Cornerstone. Even the simplest solutions, however, require effort, but if you’re willing to give it, we’re more than willing to meet you halfway. And given our experience in treating professionals, we think you’ll find that our part in your recovery journey will more than prepare you to return to a career that you love.
At the moment, that may seem like an impossibility. After all, you work with controlled medication every day, and when you’re assailed by stress, fatigue and long shifts with little to no breaks, it becomes all too easy to take advantage of that access. As your problem grows and addiction begins to overcome the moral and legal limitations we all have in place, you may find yourself taking advantage of privileges that your job affords you.
Once you’re caught up in the cycle of getting and using and finding ways and means to get more, you may find that you’re desperate to stop but unable to do so. Fear of job loss and ruined reputations keep many professionals from coming forward and seeking substance abuse treatment, but most of the time, those fears are unfounded – or, worse, they prevent you from enrolling in an addiction treatment program until you risk legal problems that cost you those things anyway, as well as any insurance you might have that would help pay for treatment.
At Cornerstone of Recovery, we’re intimately familiar with the entanglement of addiction with a pharmaceutical career; in fact, the program is managed by Dr. Janet Hicks, a pharmacist by training, who knows full well from her own personal experience the struggles that addicted pharmacists face. She’s also one of the best resources Cornerstone has for professionals seeking life on the other side of addiction and a return to the field to which they’ve dedicated their lives.
At Cornerstone, we’ll start the process by safely and slowly weaning you from the drugs and alcohol that have placed you in physical misery; afterward, you’ll be introduced to a larger community of peers, working toward recovery alongside others seeking the same thing you are, with additional therapy to address your specific needs as an addicted medical professional. We’ll help you deal with the overwhelming shame and guilt you may be feeling about your situation, and we’ll help you understand that you’re a sick person in need of professional help. In spite of your addiction, you’re still a highly trained pharmacist who is perfectly capable of recovering and returning to work. We’ll help you identify the fallible human emotions and life traps that led you to use drugs in the first place, and we’ll assist you in developing coping skills to replace them.
The goal of the Professionals Program at Cornerstone of Recovery is to help you find worth in yourself beyond your professional achievements. You’re not a bad person trying to become good; you’re a sick person trying to get well, and we have the tools to help you do that. You might say that we have the right “prescription” for what ails you, and if you take it as prescribed by those who have spent years treating your particular disease, you’ll find a quality of life you never thought possible.
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