The Recovery Support Services of the Faculty and Physician Wellness Program (FPWP) assist faculty and physicians who are coping with addictions. This is achieved through identification, treatment, advocacy and monitoring. When faculty and physicians suffer from addictive challenges, it not only jeopardizes their careers and their personal lives but also poses a serious threat to patient or student safety.
A good assessment is essential to determining the right treatment intervention. The FPWP counselors and consulting psychiatrist gather information concerning historical and present use of substances and their impact on the client’s personal and professional functioning. The treatment team will then make treatment recommendations based upon the data gathered. In some cases, a comprehensive assessment completed by an outside provider could be indicated. FPWP staff can help identify treatment facilities that specialize in the care of professionals. Safety is a paramount concern for our customers (patients, students, parents, families, faculty and staff). Upon successful completion of a treatment program, a comprehensive continuing care plan will be developed to help the client return to work safely.
The FPWP will assist the client in the return to work process and provide assistance with ongoing workplace support.
Physicians in recovery benefit from the advocacy services offered by the Tennessee Medical Foundation-Physician’s Health Program.