New: For Healthcare Professionals in Recovery

Posted on October 4, 2011

Motivational Guide and Workbook for Recovering Healthcare Professionals
by Maria Elsa Rodriguez, DNP, ACNS-BC


SR Workbook for Healthcare Professionals

New SMART Recovery® Motivational Guide and Workbook for Recovering Healthcare Professionals

This Workbook was developed to address the paradox of healthcare professionals who are in recovery yet have a lack of resources available designed to meet their specific needs.

The expectation in healthcare is that providers are immune to personal drug or alcohol problems. Intolerance among professionals contributes to denial. Until a drug or alcohol problem is obvious, the impaired professional is more likely than non-healthcare professionals to avoid seeking help.

To meet the needs of healthcare professionals, SMART Recovery® has announced a new publication, Motivational Guide and Workbook for Recovering Healthcare Professionals authored by Maria Elsa Rodriguez, DNP, ACNS-BC. Maria has worked as an acute care adult health nurse for 21 years and as a nurse educator for 8 years. She found it a paradox that healthcare professionals who are in recovery have a lack of resources available that are specifically focused to their needs. With this observation, she developed this new Workbook.

In 2008, 10 million persons aged 12 years or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the prior year. Among those millions who daily abuse drugs or alcohol, thousands are physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals whose use affects and threatens their lives, as well as the lives of others. The resulting drug or alcohol impairment can have devastating effects on their patients who trust healthcare providers to be focused and conscientious while caring for them. Healthcare professionals have a unique ability to respond to medical challenges and pressures on behalf of others. This Workbook helps apply that care and response by the healthcare professional to him or herself.

Chapter topics include: Motivation; The Prevalence of Addiction in Healthcare Providers (physicians, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists and dentists); Information About SMART Recovery; The Brain, Drugs, & Motivation; An Overview of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; The Transtheoretical Model of Change; Self-Efficacy; Self-Esteem and Self-Worth; Locus of Control; Resilience; Coping Skills for Emotions &; Behaviors; and an Appendix reviewing The Background and History of Narcotic & Alcohol Use in the United States. A number of interactive activities are included throughout the Workbook.

The 80 page Workbook is authored by Maria Elsa Rodriguez, DNP, ACNS-BC, who has worked as an acute care adult health nurse for 21 years and as a nurse educator for 8 years.

The Workbook can be ordered via the SMART Recovery Online Bookstore.

5 thoughts on “New: For Healthcare Professionals in Recovery

  1. Gill R.

    I’m in a similar situation to Deb. Although I’d rather not go into the specifics of my situation, I have found your article and website to be a good starting point for further research. I really do want to kick my habit but find a lack of support from my colleagues. Your site has helped me get started – thank you.

    1. Admin Post author

      Hi Gil:

      So glad that you are finding the site to be helpful.

      If you have not already signed up for the message board,
      you will find a supportive (and anonymous) community there.

      Online meetings to discuss and learn recovery tools are on the
      schedule daily, 24/7 chat for social interaction or to help with
      recovery are also available after signing in.

      Additionally the message board offers a private forum for medical professionals.

      Glad you found us!

  2. Admin Post author

    Hi Deb:

    In addition to the publication described in this post, you might also be interested in exploring the SMART website http://www.smartrecovery.org

    There you will find extensive information about SMART Recovery, meetings (online and face-to-face), online message board and chat support, recommended readings and a “toolbox” full of resources that you will find helpful for recovery if that is what you choose.

    Every recovery is unique, SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, and exactly how you proceed to explore and use what SMART offers is entirely up to you. In addition to exploring the publications, and personal support (online and face-to-face) many people find that posting to the message board in the Welcome Forum is a great way to get connected with SMART.

    Glad you found us!

  3. Deb B.

    Im a nurse who is an alcoholic and I find AA non beneficial. I found your program on line and am very interested. How do I get started

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