"Several years ago it became obvious that I had a drinking problem. One of my friends pointed me in the direction of the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation. 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 of their services." Tom F.
"There are some decisions you make in life where you don't quite understand the gravity and the impact they will have in your life while you're 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. I try to live a spiritual life, guided by my fellows and a power greater than myself." Mike R.
"Back in 1997, I was instructed to call the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation if I wanted to keep my job. The hospital administration had become aware of the fact that I had a substance abuse problem. They told me to call the KPHF within forty-eight hours. I made the call and it turned out to be one of the most important calls of my life. I was evaluated and sent to a ninety-day inpatient treatment facility. The KPHF monitored my treatment and afterwards started me on an intense aftercare program for five years. Today, I have sixteen years of sobriety. The KPHF saved my life, my job and my family. They have been not only my advocate, but also my friend and family. I am deeply indebted to the Foundation and will always be an ardent supporter. Ernest MI 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 these facts even before seeing me. They had seen one physician after another walk past their doors with a life wrecked by addiction. I was escorted to the office of Dr. Burns Brady and thus started my journey with the Foundation. Each member of the office treated me as though I was a member of their family. They loved me through some pretty terrible times. Then the consequences hit. Mine, although not as bad as many, tore right through me. Whether it was an issue at home or my job, or with a credentialing board, they walked me through both the emotional and spiritual aspects of that test and also guided me strategically through the morass of their advocacy duties. That was almost a decade ago. Faces have changed, but on the occasions that I walk through the doors of the Foundation, I feel the love of that organization. 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. Now, with my family and career having been fully restored to a level that I, and most others could have never imagined, I pray to God above that the Foundation will be there for others just like me." DSM
"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 me my life. Getting sober was not easy and there were serious repercussions in my professional life. I was very fortunate to have the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation on my side at a time in my life when I was most in need. 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." Anonymous