Physicians & Health Professionals

Helping those in safety-sensitive professions

We take great pride in our proven ability to help physicians, dentists, pharmacists and nurses all over the United States overcome addiction and return to successful careers. The UF Health Florida Recovery Center has earned their trust as the hub for national addiction experts in research and evidence-based treatment. Our approach shows over a five-year period that more than 80% of impaired professionals in our care succeeded in recovery and returned to work.

Led by Medical Director Scott Teitelbaum, MD, our treatment team achieves this by working with employers, licensing boards, health care-specific attorneys and physician health programs from all over the country to help these professionals get back to thriving in their respective roles. We provide an ideal environment for recovery behind a unique blend of ongoing, effective therapies in a private, comfortable setting. This solace is also found through integration in the large, local professional recovery community.

Our team works closely with professional referral programs, peer assistance and licensing boards to formulate discharge plans, continued care and monitoring. As the point of contact between all parties, the staff at UF Health Florida Recovery Center helps make this process more efficient and effective. Having over 20 years of experience in treating safety sensitive professionals, our staff know the ins and outs of specific program needs for each monitoring agency.

The professionals program will consist of being assigned to a therapist that is designated solely for other professional patients. We believe that being a professional in treatment adds a unique layer of shame that must be worked through. At the Florida Recovery Center, we provide a setting of comfort and safety, allowing a professional to discuss sensitive topics involving past behaviors and future concerns. Professional patients will also attend specific groups that are broken down into monitored professionals by gender, and even by specific profession. This environment provides people the space to be vulnerable and relate to others that have gone through the same life events.

Review the American Society of Addiction Medicine Dimensional Assessment for Safety-Sensitive Professionals in Treatment.


Continuum of Care

Our full continuum of care includes:

  • Comprehensive evaluations
  • Neurocognitive testing and return to work recommendations
  • Drug/alcohol detox
  • Inpatient rehab
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Outpatient appointments
  • Substance abuse monitoring

Individuals participating in our impaired professionals track have the opportunity to address unique issues specific to their fields:

  • Who must know and how to tell them
  • Returning to work
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Co-dependency in the workplace
  • Boundaries
  • Work/life balance
  • Continued care

The UF Health Florida Recovery Center treatment track for impaired professionals is recognized by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Annenberg Foundation as one of the nation’s top treatment, research and training programs. Through different levels of care, our team offers various treatment activities, including individual and group therapy, recovery exercises and educational sessions focused on sober living.

Physicians in recovery

The experts at UF Health Florida Recovery Center personally value 12-step recovery. Many of our physicians, therapists and staff are in recovery, and they have a first-hand understanding of the challenges specific to executives and health care professionals facing addiction.

Nationally recognized program

Our nationally acclaimed addiction medicine program has resulted in many physicians becoming board-certified in addiction medicine and practicing new, rewarding careers all over the country. The UF Health Addiction Medicine Fellowship has trained over more fellows than any other program nationwide.

Call today for help! Recovery is possible.