A confidential, effective, compassionate approach to recovery and treatment for physicians and medical professionals who are experiencing difficulty with substance abuse and/or behavioral issues.

Oklahoma Health Professionals Program, Inc (OHPP)

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Health Professionals Program Inc. has provided services to physicians and health care providers with alcohol and chemical dependence. OHPP, Inc. is an outreach program designed to support and monitor medical and allied health professionals throughout Oklahoma who are experiencing difficulty with substance abuse, as well as disruptive and boundary issues.Because of the commitment to provide resources to professionals in need , OHPP, Inc. employes a medical director and three part time associate directors to administer the program Our program continues to be a leader nationally in identifying problems, assisting in treatment, and returning to practice those physicians who have suffered from substance abuse or dependency.

Recovery Stories

Anonymous

This is a story of sadness, a story of waste and a story of pain, but it’s also a story...
2014-02-18T10:37:12+00:00
This is a story of sadness, a story of waste and a story of pain, but it’s also a story of redemption…….and it’s my story.  I hope it serves the purpose of bringing hope to someone in need of a solution.   I was born and raised in Tulsa Oklahoma. I had a large extended family and spent many holidays and vacations with my parents, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles. I was raised with a strong fundamental belief in a God of grace and would choose not to question those beliefs until much later. My parents are still together today and are the finest people I know, but I also know that in my youth, they struggled with financial pressures that put terrific stress on our family. I have come to be very grateful for my parents and realize that they did the very best they could, with what they had.   I was accepted into the OU College of Dentistry in 1978. I worked hard in school and in several part time jobs and my wife worked harder in a full time job to help make ends meet. We were blessed by a beautiful baby daughter in my sophomore year. Time and money got even tighter but we just dreamed bigger. Our son was born in the fall of my senior year but my wife and I could see the proverbial light at the end of dental school tunnel.  Little did I know,  that within a few short months of my son’s birth, my life would begin a slow, terrible slide into places that no one should ever go.   It was January of 1982, just a few short months from graduation….the promised land. My wife and I decided to go to Dallas Texas with a couple that we...

Anonymous

This is my story………. I was raised as the youngest of three in a lower middle class alcoholic/drug addicted home. ...
2014-02-18T10:38:11+00:00
This is my story………. I was raised as the youngest of three in a lower middle class alcoholic/drug addicted home.  I took my first drink at 13 ½ years old.  I drank cheap wine while babysitting with two girlfriends and I can still see the room spinning as I write this story.   I got sick, but loved the rest of the entire experience.  I continued to drink or smoke pot an any given opportunity.  I was a full blown alcohol/addict by age 20. My first introduction to AA was at the age of 22 in 1983.  I finally had an AA sobriety date of January 29, 1985.  This would be my birthday for the following ten years.  Those ten years were more productive and pleasant that the previous ten years had been. Hands down.  I graduated from college and completed four years of dental school with very reasonable grades and with ease. After a divorce and about two years of practice under my belt, I decided “maybe I’m not an addict, maybe now that I’m a professional, educated and responsible I could surely use with control”. Five years later (I only made it that long because two were spent either trying to become pregnant or being pregnant) my disease had me so tight in its grip I was afraid I was going to die.  I’m one of those who had little courage when it came right down to an ending. I called a friend who called a friend and that night I was on a plane to Talbott Recovery Campus in Atlanta, Georgia.  That was January 2, 2001. I feel my message to give is….This disease of addiction is chronic, progressive, and relapsing. It is massive and would like to take me down if allowed the opportunity. The Health Professionals Program,...

Jaemie

I have been involved with the Oklahoma Health Professionals Program (OHPP) for over 7 years and it has been one of...
2014-02-18T10:38:46+00:00
I have been involved with the Oklahoma Health Professionals Program (OHPP) for over 7 years and it has been one of the best experiences of my life.  At first, compliance with the state board's requests seemed like an impossible task. Meetings, Affinity testing, meeting sheets, it all seemed like cruel punishment. Forced accountability made me feel suffocated. However, over the years, I developed relationships with the OHPP staff, other professionals and AA members and I realized healthy people ARE accountable and it became a part of my everyday life. I was recently released from my probation and will continue with my recovery as before. I am forever grateful for OHPP, AA and all the people involved for saving my life and making me the person I am today. Very sincerely Jaemie