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Since 1976, through advocacy and care management, the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation has helped medical professionals impacted by substance use disorder and mental and emotional health issues with:

  • Confirmation of Impairment Issues

  • Intervention

  • Assessment

  • Directing Acute Treatment

  • Aftercare

  • Advocacy

“Several years ago it became obvious that I had a drinking problem. One of my friends pointed me in the direction of the KPHF. Now almost 9 years later, I have the KPHF to thank for my life. They were able to guide me in the right direction to achieve my dreams. They made the solution to my drinking problem simple, not easy. through their program of accountability and advocacy, I am now practicing medicine and living without the burden of alcohol or Board restrictions. There is no question that I would not be here today without their direction. I have referred and will continue to refer colleagues to their services.”

Tom F.

“There are some decisions you make in life that you don't quite understand the gravity and impact they have while you are making them. I was terminated by my residency program and hospital for what I thought was an unfair termination for non-disclosure. But, these traumatic events allowed me to address my real problem with alcohol. With the help of KPHF and AA, I feel now that these events made me face and resolve my issues with alcohol. My program of recovery and the KPHF have given me a deep sense of serenity that I thought was impossible. I'm living a clean life without alcohol and I'm happier than ever before.”

Mike R.

“Back in 1997 I was instructed to call the KPHF if I wanted to keep my job. Hospital administration had become aware that I had a substance use problem. Making the call turned out to be one of the most important calls of my life. Today I have 16 years of sobriety. The KPHF saved my life, my job, and my family. They have not only been my advocate, but also my friend and family. I am deeply indebted to the Foundation and will always be an ardent supporter. I walked into the Foundation afraid and scared during the worst part of my life. Somehow I knew that it was exactly where I belonged. My life was in a downward spiral. I was damaged physically and emotionally, but spiritually I was in a tailspin. The Foundation knew this before ever seeing me. That was almost a decade ago. Outsiders see an advocacy group, participants see a life preserver and lighthouse. Even with all the chemicals gone, it took me a long time to recover and they were there the entire time.”


"Before getting clean and sober, I thought that revealing my addiction by seeking help would end my career in medicine. As a physician, I thought I could deal with it myself. It was that mistaken belief that nearly cost my life. Getting sober was not easy and there were serious repercussions in my professional life. I was very fortunate to have the KPHF on my side. The professionalism, discretion and expertise of the KPHF provided guidance for my recovery based on years of training and experience. My participation with the KPHF has allowed them to be powerful advocates in dealing with the state medical board, hospital credentialing committees and health insurance providers. I am enormously grateful for the work they do. It is no exaggeration that my involvement with the KPHF has allowed me to pursue my career while getting the help I need to recover from addiction, saving my life and my family.”


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