Healthcare Professionals Program
"Professionals should be treated with their peers. The shame and blame professionals experience goes well beyond what other alcoholics experience – we’re supposed to know all the answers. To recover, we need to be in the presence of other professionals." Dr. Douglas Talbott, Co-Founder
Talbott Recovery’s Professionals Program has earned a national reputation for the identification and comprehensive treatment of addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, unresolved grief, personality difficulties, etc.
Over our 35+ year history, more than 6,000+ healthcare professionals from all 50 states, Canada and Europe have come to Talbott Recovery for professional evaluation and, when indicated, treatment.
In the Healthcare Professionals Program our staff works with each patient to develop an individualized treatment plan based on their clinical needs. Patients are housed in a gender-specific residential apartment, surrogate family setting. This setting heals the isolation, loneliness, and behavioral problems that every addict or alcoholic develops over the course of their disease. Group therapy is the cornerstone of change in all of our programs; we believe recovery cannot occur alone.
Meet Our Team
Each patient is assigned an attending physician upon admission to Talbott Recovery. The physicians at Talbott Recovery are Psychiatrists, Internal Medicine Specialists, or Addictionologists. All are certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). The other members of a patient’s treatment team are: Psychiatrist/Internist, Case Manager, Family Counselor, Continuing Care Coordinator, Spiritual Counselor, Clinical Associate, and Nutritionist.
Levels of Care
- Detoxification & Stabilization
Inpatient stabilization is available for patients requiring a more complicated detoxification and/or behavioral containment to interrupt the downhill spiral of his/her addiction.
- Treatment Planning — 72-Hour Assessment
When clinically indicated, a 72-Hour Assessment provides a full multidisciplinary evaluation of an individual. Each patient is assessed and undergoes a thorough evaluation. The evaluation assesses the patient’s physical, psychiatric, psychological, social, spiritual, and family needs to determine the most appropriate level of care.
- Campus Phase — Partial Hospitalization (PHP) with Recovery Residences
Following admission or transfer from detox and stabilization, each patient undergoes a thorough evaluation if he/she has not obtained an evaluation previously. The evaluation assesses the patient’s physical, psychiatric, psychological, social, spiritual, and family needs to determine the most appropriate level of care.
- Mirror Image Phase — Mirror Image Program with Recovery Residences
After completing the Campus Phase of treatment, we frequently recommend that patients be transitioned to Talbott Recovery’s Mirror Image Phase for an additional 4 1⁄2 weeks. This is usually recommended for individuals who have co-occurring psychiatric conditions, personality related issues, grief, trauma, partner relationship issues, family of origin concerns, sexual or other behavioral issues, licensing and professional concerns, or legal issues.
Mirror Image is an addiction treatment innovation created and first implemented by Talbott Recovery founder G. Douglas Talbott, M.D. Mirror Image participants go to other treatment facilities in the Atlanta area and work with newly admitted patients in those drug and alcohol treatment programs. The purpose is to assist Talbott Recovery patients in overcoming the myopia that often accompanies the disease of addiction. What Dr. Talbott knew was that patients can see the effects of the disease of addiction in others but are unable to see those same effects in themselves. This innovative program allows patients to gain new insight, and they consistently report that their experience in Mirror Image has had a profound effect on their recovery.
Participants take part in Mirror Image in the mornings, five days a week and then return to Talbott Recovery for afternoon groups and appointments with our physicians and clinicians.
“We at Talbott Recovery pride ourselves in offering state-of-the-art treatment of addictive disorders using the medical model. We individualize the treatment to the unique needs of every patient. We treat the whole person as a ‘human being’ and not an addictive diagnosis.” Navjyot Singh Bedi, M.D.Talbott Recovery Medical Director
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Our Recovery Residences
Patients participating in the Partial Hospitalization Program will stay in one of two gender-specific recovery residences.
Both residences offer: Gym, Pool, Business Office, Clubhouse, Grills, and WiFi
Treatment Modalities and Programs
Patients participate in psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic groups designed to help them explore addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders, as well as the impact this disease has on the family.
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Psychoeducation group
- Groups for professional and work-related issues
- Relapse prevention
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for trauma
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Medication management for mood disorders
- Procedural learning on how to use the 12-Steps
- 12-Step recovery meetings on and off campus
- Anger management groups
- Groups for grief resolution and coping with loss
- Gender-specific sexual issues groups
- Gender issues group
- Life skills training
- Meditation and mindfulness training
- Spirituality group
Talbott recognizes the connection between food and recovery, which is why a nutritionist works with our patients to prepare them for replacing the sugar cravings from alcohol that are common during the first stage of recovery.
Other offerings include:
Our healthcare professional patients partake in a group that is specific only to Talbott Recovery called New Path led by Dr. David Prewett, our Neuropsychologist. New Path is a small group experience where, after an individual evaluation, patients explore and navigate their personality and character defects in the context of their recovery and their relationships.
The family services department at Talbott Recovery provides patients and families with support and education on the disease of addiction, cross addiction, and the impact on the family. The Family Program is designed to assess the family’s needs, educate about chemical dependence, and offer ongoing family therapy during and/or after the patient’s treatment. The family program is the first step many addicted families make towards healing. Once a patient is admitted to Talbott Recovery, a family counselor is assigned to respond to any questions or concerns.
Extensive family workshop for each patient’s family that’s offered on a monthly basis. These workshops are conducted over 3 days and include 11 lectures and 6 processing groups specifically for our families. The workshop provides education on the disease of addiction and cross addiction and offers an opportunity to address questions and concerns.
Our continuing care process assists referrals, patients, and families in developing a program of recovery and a support system that will provide a solid foundation to achieve that goal after they leave our facility.
Our continuing care coordinator works with each patient throughout the course of treatment to:
- Serve as the referent liaison with our referral sources and the clinical treatment team
- Gather collateral information and provide written and verbal updates to referents
- Assist the patient with any advocacy work, licensure, or legal issues
- Participate in the multidisciplinary treatment team to assess patient’s progress
- Identify unresolved treatment issues to be included in discharge planning
- Plan Extended Therapeutic Leaves (ETL) for the patients prior to discharge
- Establish a clinical team to assist with patient’s long term recovery post-discharge
Meet our Continuing Care Coordinator
Trish Nyquist, CADC
Trish serves our patients by holding their hand and shepherding them throughout the treatment process. She provides comfort by advocating strongly for the individual needs of each patient and helping to oversee patients’ comprehensive aftercare planning for reintegration back into their professional practice.
Aftercare and Extensive Alumni Services
Alumni services for healthcare professionals include:
Unlimited access to our on-call counselor service
Helping to find recovery resources in your area for moral and communal support
Making contact with other Talbott Recovery alumni (local or otherwise)
Locating a local alumni chapter, or assisting with starting a new chapter
Answering ongoing questions about recovery issues and addiction support
We also hold local alumni gatherings every Thursday for a meeting and then a peer support group. This group also does fun activities such as playing in golf tournaments, white water rafting, bowling, holiday parties, and much more!
Return visits and giving back
Throughout the year, each year, we also hold six Return Visits for our alumni to return for two days of treatment and engagement with their peers.
This is a time to:
- Come back to Talbott Recovery to help “recharge recovery batteries”
- Meet and “catch up with” old roommates and “domemates”
- Reconnect with Talbott Recovery staff who have been important to the patient and his or her recovery
- Remember and recommit to the foundation for recovery that former patients began to build for themselves while in treatment
- Offer hope, encouragement, and support to current Talbott Recovery patients