Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.

Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases.

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ASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional medical society representing over 6,000 physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.
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To support physician health programs in improving the health of medical professionals, thereby contributing to quality patient care.

A society of highly effective PHPs advancing the health of the medical community and the patients they serve.

Guiding Values:

  • Membership: The FSPHP is dedicated to enhancing the value of membership and upholding an environment of fellowship and networking.
  • Advocacy: The FSPHP strengthens PHPs by promoting best practices and providing guidelines, advocacy, and other resources that enhance their effectiveness. The FSPHP encourages partnerships between physician health programs, regulatory boards, and other appropriate components of organized medicine.
  • Collaboration: The FSPHP fosters collaboration and engagement with other national and international medical organizations.
  • Equality: The FSPHP opposes discrimination against physicians and the medical community solely based on the presence of a particular diagnosis or other discriminatory factors and supports the use of PHP services in lieu of disciplinary action whenever possible.
  • Education: The FSPHP supports education and research designed to establish best practices for the prevention, treatment, and monitoring of physicians experiencing substance use disorders, mental illness, physical illness, and other potentially impairing conditions.

Learn more on the FSPHP website

In the spring of 2021, Dr. Earley presented at the National Alliance of Alternative Programs conference. His presentation described the evolution and goals of the 2019 Guidelines for Physician Health Programs a multi-year project of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs. These guidelines help professional health programs (PHPs) and the providers who care for PHP participants work towards uniform standards of care. PHPs and PHP providers, like all of medicine, strive for continuous quality improvement.  Dr. Earley’s presentation describes the development process and goals of the 2019 revision of this important document. Click on the image below to view the presentation.

FSPHP-NIDA Imaging Biomarker Study

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP), is conducting a research study to understand how neural circuitry and human physiology is changed by addiction and repaired by recovery.  Our PHP follows your recovery status closely – we understand your journey in recovery better than any other set of people in the world. This cohort—YOU—are essential to the goal of this research study – to identify brain biomarkers of addiction and thus, optimize the efficacy of currently available therapeutics. 

Please contact Betty Jo Salmeron, M.D. at (443) 740-2651 or to learn more.   More information about the study is here too:

If you are interested, please do NOT come to the PHP staff to ask questions. This is for two reasons. 1) If you decide to participate, you must do so in a completely voluntary fashion. We, the PHP, will not know of your decision until you have already made it. 2) It is important for you to hear the details of the study directly from the researchers. Your decision to participate in this study will not affect your status in the PHP in any way, positively or negatively. 

Thank you for your consideration to participate in this great opportunity!

International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous (IDAA) is a worldwide fellowship of more than 9,900 healthcare professionals and their families who strive to help one another to achieve and maintain recovery from addictions.

Learn More on IDAA’s Website

FREE training available
 to anyone but tailored to veterinary professionals.
This training was put together by the UW School of Social Work Forefront Suicide Prevention Program

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Georgia PHP

The Georgia Professional Health Program is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the well-being of medical professionals in Georgia, providing confidential referral, treatment oversight, and monitoring of potentially impairing conditions, mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Our goal is to ensure the health of healthcare professionals and to ensure that they are safe to practice in their specialty. Since August 2012, the Georgia PHP has provided services for physicians, physician assistants and respiratory therapists licensed in Georgia.

The Georgia PHP is sponsored by the Georgia Composite Medical Board and maintains an active relationship with the organization to ensure the success of the Georgia PHP and its participants.

It is our belief that healthy professionals provide the best healthcare.

For more information on the Georgia PHP, news and events, visit or 1-855-MY-GAPHP