You worked hard to secure your medical license. Yet, certain circumstances have the potential to place your professional license in jeopardy. If you receive a conviction for a drug- or alcohol-related offense, or if there are accusations out there about you having a substance dependency, these circumstances could lead to the suspension or revocation of your medical license.
However, depending on your situation, you may be able to enroll in Pennsylvania’s Voluntary Recovery Program, which is part of the Division of Professional Health Monitoring Programs. The program seeks to help you and other health care professionals struggling with substance abuse disorders overcome your issues and retain your licenses to practice.
How the program works
Enrolling in the Voluntary Recovery Program means that you must enter into an agreement with the state licensing board that lasts at least three years. Within that time, you must make progress in the program and otherwise abide by certain terms. If you are successful, any suspension or revocation of your medical license undergoes deferral. Your participation in the program also remains private if you complete it successfully.
How you complete the program
While enrolled in the Voluntary Recovery Program, you must undergo substance abuse counseling and education. You may also have to submit to random drug tests. Furthermore, expect to have to attend a professional support group and abstain from using prohibited substances, among other program terms.
Having a substance abuse disorder does not automatically mean your life is over. Pennsylvania’s Voluntary Recovery Program may help you develop the tools you need to not only overcome your dependency, but remain in practice.