Licensed professionals are not exempt from substance use and mental health concerns. They face unique contributing factors of behavioral health disorders, such as high job-related stress and pressure, long work hours and sleep deprivation. They are often confronted with life-or-death, financial and reputational challenges. The consequences of untreated behavioral health concerns affect mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of a licensed professional’s life.
The American Nurses Foundation surveyed 22,316 nurses and found that:
- 81% of nurses age 35 or younger felt exhausted
- 65% of nurses felt that they were unable to relax
- 71% of nurses felt overwhelmed
According to the Arizona Medical Association website:
- 44% of physicians experience symptoms of burnout
- 8% of medical residents suffer from depression
- Approximately 400 American physicians die by suicide each year
- 10 out of 12 physicians have substance use disorders
- 40% of physicians are reluctant to seek care for mental health
Balance & Burnout
Licensed professionals will look at balance and burnout from a trauma-informed perspective. They will identify their core values and how these relate to their career in order to restore resiliency from a mindful perspective. Ongoing direct and vicarious or secondary trauma will be supported through various trauma strategies to promote increased self-care and healthy boundaries. This will increase the licensed professionals’ ability to better serve the public and provide better care for patients and clients.
Exploring the role of being a human being and not merely a human doing helps licensed professionals learn how to model and engage in their life in a more meaningful and purposeful way. Reconnecting with that which defines a person intrinsically is critical to the healing and well-being of licensed professionals. Allowing licensed professionals to reflect on their defense mechanisms and reduce their various expectations, internally and externally, allows for the ability to ask for help and support in a safe and nurturing environment. These behaviors will translate to a licensed professional’s personal and professional growth and increased internal regulation to live a more balanced and rich life. Healing must start with the healer and the helper.
Serving Our Nation’s Professionals
Sierra Tucson offers a program designed to address the complex and distinct needs of licensed professionals. Whether individuals are seeking support independently or in connection with a Peer Assistance Program or Professional Health and Wellness program throughout the United States, licensed professionals can find a holistic approach to treating their overall human and professional well-being at Sierra Tucson. Comprehensive assessments and integrative treatment planning help address the essential concerns affecting licensed professionals and their loved ones.
Who does the Licensed Professionals Program treat?
Sierra Tucson is honored to help myriad licensed professionals, including physicians, attorneys, nurses, nurse practitioners, clinicians (LCSW, LPC, LMFT), pharmacists, dentists, physician assistants, psychologists, veterinarians and pilots, among others.
Therapies are offered to residents based on a customized plan created by Sierra Tucson’s on-site clinicians and doctors. View a complete list of therapy options by clicking here.