Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program for Professionals

The Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment for Professionals Program at Lakeview Health is an addiction recovery program designed specifically for professionals, such as doctors, commercial airline pilots, lawyers, and executives of all industries who happen to be seeking treatment for addiction. Like our Inpatient Rehab Program, the Professional Program occupies the level of care between our Detox and Residential Treatment programs and serves patients with alcohol and substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health disorders, and a history of trauma or post-traumatic stress.

Why a Program for Professionals?

Professional occupations demand elevated levels of responsibility, accountability, and performance that separate them from other occupations. As a professional, you hold a license or official accreditation to do your job, you own a business, or you’re a member of your company’s executive leadership team. This often means that during a typical workday, you – a working professional – may have the lives, livelihood, and future of clients, customers, or complete strangers in your hands.

At Lakeview Health, we understand that’s no small thing: we can relate, because we’re professionals, too.

You’re probably a proud member of a professional organization with a special set of ethical and leadership guidelines, rigorous standards of practice, and regular requirements for career enrichment and skill development. You, your peers, and society at large hold you to a high standard because the decisions you make on the job have consequences that are disproportionately impactful when compared to other occupations. This default situation often leads to uncommonly high levels of stress and engenders a deep, internal obligation to appear in control, present a respectable public image, and handle everything that comes your way without showing weakness or emotion.

It’s not uncommon for professionals – partially due to the high standards associated with their chosen fields – to develop an alcohol or substance use disorder to handle the pressures of responsibility, smooth the edges of challenging workplace demands, or simply help their brains shut down and get some sleep at the end of a long day filled with tough, consequential decisions. What starts as a pattern of unwinding or letting off steam turns into an addiction that can have serious personal and professional repercussions. We design our Professional Program with these factors in mind, and with the full knowledge that you’re busy, you have a lot on your plate, and people rely on you every day. We tailor your treatment to meet your individual needs, make you whole again, and allow you to return to full participation in your work, family, and social life.


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Statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that 8.1% of adults in the U.S. struggle with an alcohol or substance use disorder.

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Daily Life in the Professional Program

In our Professional Program, you live on campus in semi-private rooms – men in The Star and women in The Rose – and receive at least six hours of structured therapy per day. Additional recovery groups, exercise, wellness activities, and social support meetings round out your schedule.

The day begins at 8:00 am, concludes at 9:00 pm, with lights out at 11:00 pm. You eat three delicious and nutritious meals per day in gender-specific dining rooms. Healthy snacks are available in between meals.

You’ll participate in our Professional Treatment Series group – a sequence of group therapy sessions designed specifically for the modern professional. This series provides the opportunity to interact with others who may be able to relate to you, your story, and the issues common to professionals regardless of their area of expertise. Going through the rehab process with peers allows you to share openly in a non-judgmental environment, accept personal responsibility without defensiveness, and develop the tools for personal growth and self-awareness needed for successful recovery, sobriety, and ultimately, a safe return to work.

The Professional Treatment Series includes three group sessions per week over a period of six weeks. During these sessions, you’ll explore the following topics:

Professional Impairment

You’ll understand how addiction may have compromised your workplace performance, increase self-awareness around the personal and professional issues created by your addiction, review your professional principles and code of ethics, and learn healthy communication strategies to replace unhealthy patterns of communication associated with addiction.

Professional Boundaries

You’ll understand the importance of healthy workplace boundaries, examine past boundary issues if applicable, and develop a healthy boundary plan for your return to work.


You’ll understand the importance of a monitored accountability program and design an appropriate monitoring program for your return to work.

Vocational Impacts

You’ll identify the factors unique to your workplace that pose risks to your recovery and sustained sobriety, then develop a plan to navigate these risks when you return to work.

Relapse Prevention

You’ll learn to recognize triggers, define relapse warning signs, and identify patterns of behavior and thought that lead to relapse. You’ll learn to replace patterns of behavior and thought that lead to relapse with patterns of behavior and thought that encourage recovery.

Professional Health and Wellbeing

You’ll learn to value the positive effects of healthy coping skills and responsible self-care, and develop a wellness plan that works for you, your personality, and your interests.

Treatment will also include one-on-one therapy, daily 12-step meetings, medical and psychiatric care, family therapy sessions (via phone), and an individualized combination of group sessions and integrative therapies including but not limited to:

  • Process groups
  • Psychoeducation groups
  • Expressive therapy groups
  • Specialty groups
  • Trauma group
  • Spirituality group
  • Life trauma group
  • Relapse prevention therapy group
  • Self-awareness therapy group
  • Team building and resilience group
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction group
  • Pain Recovery group

Small Groups for Large Gains

In the Professional Treatment Program, patients reside in our gender-responsive facilities. Three times per week, you participate in a mixed gender group to address issues unique to professionals. Your primary group includes five to twelve patients, while your gender-specific rehab community will include twenty to twenty-four patients. These small primary groups and communities allow you to develop deep connections and form relationships with peers going through similar experiences and working through similar issues. This intimate, gender-responsive setting helps you feel comfortable communicating openly and honestly in process groups, build self-confidence, develop a strong peer support network, and focus on recovery without unnecessary distractions.

Evidenced-Based, Data-Driven Therapy

Our Professional Program includes gender-responsive, trauma-informed modes of treatment tested by time and verified by decades of scientific research. You’ll participate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Family Therapy, Psychodynamic-Oriented Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Medically-Informed Psychopharmacology as needed.

These evidence-based therapies provide the structure, insight, support, and skill-building that forms a solid foundation for your sustained recovery from addiction and related mental health disorders. They teach you how to transform coping mechanisms from harmful to helpful, replace old, self-destructive habits, with new, life-affirming habits, and give you the tools needed to continue your recovery journey after treatment.

Providing Comprehensive Professional Evaluations Since 2001

Lakeview Health’s Comprehensive Professional Evaluation is staffed by some of the most experienced medical and clinical providers in the country. Since Lakeview Health’s inception in 2001, we have provided assessments and treatment to thousands of individuals across the United States. Our professional assessment is comprehensive and multidisciplinary while interfacing with professional monitoring organizations, state licensing boards, federal regulators, a variety of worksites, and professional interventionists. The typical assessment we manage includes diagnostic clarification guided by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria, psychiatric diagnoses guided by American Psychiatric Association (APA) criteria, chronic pain guided by American Academy of Pain Medicine criteria, cognitive assessment, disruptive behavior in the workplace, professional boundaries, and sexual harassment.

Our comprehensive evaluation includes attention to a wide range of potential variables, such as:

  • Psychiatric Illness
  • Medication Management
  • Psychological and Interpersonal Functioning
  • Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
  • Addictive Processes
  • Cognitive Functioning
  • Medical/Physical Issues

As an integral part of the evaluation processes, we gather extensive collateral information from the workplace and other significant sources. Our narrative represents a unanimity among members of the team, based on all of this available evidence.

Our evaluation can:

  1. Provide diagnostic clarification and a comprehensive assessment that covers a variety of issues (e.g. substance use disorders, mood disorder, disruptive behavior issues, personality disorder, trauma, and professionalism).
  2. Determine what level of care is needed, which is guided by the ASAM criteria.
  3. Provide recommendations regarding the optimal type and level of treatment (e.g. outpatient, residential).
  4. Provide recommendations to assist aftercare/monitoring agencies, which increases accountability and facilitates successful re-entry into the workplace.
  5. Provide recommendations that guide treatment planning and aftercare.

Our Mission

Our goal at Lakeview Health is to always provide the highest-quality, comprehensive, objective, and multidisciplinary evaluation that yields clear and specific diagnoses and recommendations constructed on the best clinical practices.  We strive to serve three purposes:

1) to assist the individual and monitoring/licensing bodies;

2) to protect the public welfare; and

3) to aid distressed professionals in getting the help they need in order to resume a productive career.

Who is Appropriate for the Comprehensive Evaluation?

Individuals with Substance Use Disorder who may be in need of diagnostic clarification. This Addiction Evaluation may include a comprehensive assessment, if appropriate, when there are other significant issues aside from addiction that needs to be assessed (e.g. psychiatric illness, personality disorder, problems in vocational functioning, etc.).

  • Individuals with a Substance Use Disorder who display “disruptive behaviors” – a style of interaction with personnel, professional, or others – that interfere with the smooth functioning of an organization. Disruptive behaviors make it more difficult for others to complete their jobs effectively and harder for those individuals to communicate openly. These behaviors may interfere with the mission of the organization or the safety of others. Some examples include inappropriately expressed anger, blaming, sarcasm, threats, demeaning or belittling language toward others (particularly subordinates or patients), problems with authority, unprofessional demeanor, unreliability, harassment, or repeated conflicts with others.
  • Individuals who may have difficulties with professional ethics (e.g. poor relationships with others, improper use of one’s authority, diversion of medication, etc.).
  • Individuals whose functioning in the workplace has decreased significantly, whether due to the issues mentioned above, a Substance Use Disorder, or to another psychiatric disorder (e.g., depression, bipolar illness).
  • Individuals who have come to the attention of a licensing body because of legal problems (e.g., DUI, unprofessional boundaries).

Assessment Components

  • Addiction Medicine Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychological Evaluation (if indicated) for an additional fee
  • Psychological Testing, including neuropsychological screening and personality assessment (if indicated) for an additional fee
  • Neuro-cognitive Assessment
  • Gathering of collateral information
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory work, including chain-of-custody urine, hair, and/or fingernail toxicology screening
  • Polygraph testing and comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation (if indicated) for an additional fee.

Assessment Process

  1. Assuming the individual is appropriate, basic information regarding the evaluation is provided to the evaluee, and basic information is gathered from the evaluee and the referral source(s).
  2. The evaluee arrives, completes initial paperwork, consents, and releases of information, and labs are drawn.
  3. Each component of the evaluation listed above is completed by different professional encounters. This may take place over a period of two to three days.
  4. Collateral information is gathered with permission of the evaluee.
  5. Individual assessments are completed, and the principal members of the team meet to discuss the findings.
  6. Evaluation team arrives at consensus regarding diagnoses, level of care needed, and recommendations.
  7. Based on the consensus, a short written and signed document containing the initial diagnoses and recommendations is sent to the referral source, and if allowed or indicated, results are verbally communicated to the evaluee. This typically materializes within one week of the evaluation.
  8. Within 10 business days, the comprehensive report – containing all of the individual assessments, the collateral information, a summary of findings, and final diagnostic impressions and recommendations – will be sent to the referral source. The report is also available to the evaluee upon request.

Our experienced clinicians include the following:

  •  Ellen Ovson, MD, FASAM
  • Adrian Blotner, MD, FAPA
  • Philip Hemphill, PhD, LCSW
  • Elizabeth Riemann, MS, CMHP
  • Kacie Sasser, ARNP, MSN, FNP-C, CAR

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