“There are two things you don’t want to have as a doctor – addiction or mental illness,” he said. “You become ostracized. People don’t line up saying, ‘I hear you’re sick, I want to help.’ As my girlfriend says, there are no casseroles.” Luther Philaya, MD.
Our first guest on Health Professionals in Recovery is Dr. Luther Philaya. Dr. Philaya is a board certified family physician who has also practiced emergency medicine, and is in long term recovery from a substance use disorder. ( 10/11/2012). He describes his journey as a voyage unlike any other, filled with loss, discovery and survival, ultimately leading to resilience and a renewed passion for his fellow human beings, including his patients.
He balances the science and art of medicine but truly loves the art. He has recently launched a new practice that aims to deliver primary care for persons in recovery; It’s a practice where recovery is celebrated, there’s no stigma, and patients are supported and lifted up. From abstinence to harm reduction, every individual and every path is supported.
Each individuals health and wellness is a priority. I read many testimonials which are amazing. Dr. Philaya has written extensively on his recovery journey and the challenges healthcare professionals face when they struggle with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and legal challenges. He has volunteered with the Salvation Army and works with other professionals who struggle.
Our interview with Luther touches on every aspect of being a health professional who struggles with substance use, including the steep climb to enter recovery, which seems to be missing a plateau. Sit back, get a cup of coffee, and enjoy our interview with our friend, Luther Philaya.
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