Michael A. McCormick, DO
I remember very well getting the call from the director of the PHP one afternoon as I was entering the hospital to round. He introduced himself and asked if I was "ok." Of course I was far from ok. He went on to explain what the PHP was and that many other docs had been in the same situation as me and had come out the other side even better. At what I thought was one of the worst moments of my life, he was so calm and supportive. I knew this call was coming for a long time and that my gig was up, yet I was still in shock.
Ten days later I found myself in a treatment facility where I would spend the next 90 days, beginning my recovery. Once I was discharged, I was scheduled at the PHP for the next day. I was able to meet with that director of the PHP and genuinely thank him for his help. The relationship had already transitioned from one of fear to really gratitude towards both he and the program.
I have been blessed to be in continuous sobriety since then. My recovery is based on so many things, but the PHP is a big part of that. The monitoring program, therapy groups, meetings, check-ins, and knowing that I always have their support are all vital. I have an extreme amount of gratitude around the PHP and my family and patients do as well. I will always support the PHP and the wonderful work that they do.