“Addiction Impairs Physicians More Than Any Other Disease“
Psychiatric Times, August 28, 2009
The Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 2009 July reports that in Physicians:shutterstock_131996453

  • Alcohol is the primary drug of misuse in 50.3%
  • Opioids in 35.9%,
  • Stimulants in 7.9%,
  • Other substances in 5.9%
  • 50% reported use of multiple substances
  • 13.9% a history of intravenous drug use
  • 10 – 15 % of Physicians have a Substance Use Disorder during their career
  • “Inadequate coping skills, interpersonal skills deficits, family dysfunction, continued denial regarding the nature and severity of their addiction, over-confidence, shame and/or guilt contribute to physician addictions”

Work Related Stress Physician’s extensive work hours and extreme physical, emotional and mental demands easily lead to:

  • Exhaustion
  • Isolation
  • Depersonalization
  • Burnout

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine:
“Evaluation and treatment of physicians should be done by a multidisciplinary team that has experience working with health care professionals.” Physicians concerns about confidentiality and anonymity are the greatest obstacle to getting early and effective addiction help therefore Privacy is extremely important.

“Addiction professionals working with “PHYSICIAN AS PATIENTS, need to understand the:

  • Language of medicine;
  • Medical workplace;
  • Availability of prescription medications;
  • Unique stressors associated with a medical practice;
  • Potential for comorbid psychiatric illness;
  • Personality traits common to physicians.”

Minnesota Medicine; Feb. 2010
Doctors Treating Doctors: An ARCH Specialty
Our Harvard trained Addiction Medical Psychiatrist and ARCH president, Michael J. Kittay, MD, has over 40 years of medical practice with fellowships in several fields. Well known for his compassion and extreme competency in the field of medical psychopharmacology, he is personally involved in the care of all Physicians that enter the ARCH program.  We understand and empathize with their colleagues and can provide exceptional addiction and psychiatric care while maintaining complete patient privacy.

High Scores for Physicians in Recovery Outcomes
With proper care, Physicians with Substance Use Disorder have approximately 70-90 % sustained 5 year recovery rates, 3 times that of the general population!

ARCH – Private Office Care for Doctors
Our offices have been designed to provide physicians a discrete confidential environment with the highest privacy standards that include:

  • A private waiting room accommodating you and loved ones;
  • Access doors with private entrance and exit;
  • Direct entry into consultation and treatment areas;
  • One to one staff client ratio;
  • No required participation in group therapy or community based programs;
  • At ARCH, privacy and confidentiality are vigilantly protected.

Individualized Recovery Plans for Physicians
ARCH programs are designed to deliver comprehensive addiction treatment to Physicians.  Your Individualized Recovery Plan (IRP) defines your personal goals and benchmarks to ensure your needs are addressed.  Your IRP is designed to:

  • Manage the aspects and complexities of the addiction;
  • Address professional and personal concerns;
  • Assist with resolution of licensing issues and disciplinary matters;
  • Recommend strategies for reputation restoration and career rehabilitation;
  • Facilitate reentry into professional practices and organizations;
  • Help avoid malpractice and other legal entanglements;
  • Work to minimize damage to professional standing among patients and colleagues;
  • Provides a safe place where you and your loved ones can begin to heal damaged relationships.

Please call us in Danvers:

(978) 820-5500

Dr. Michael J. Kittay, M.D.
160 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923
Phone. (978) 820-5500
Fax. 978-820-5502

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