Promises Treatment Center Launches Specialized Evaluation and Treatment Programs for Professionals Suspected of Having Substance Abuse Problems

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Promises launches new world-class program for professionals. Drawing on the experience of new director, Gregory Skipper, MD, with decades of experience in the field of professional impairment, the new program will offer a number of innovations making it unique among its competition. The program will offer thorough evaluations and profession-specific treatment elements and emphasize linkage to long-term monitoring.

We have designed a program that helps professionals preserve their lives, careers and reputations as they work toward lifelong sobriety.

Promises Treatment Centers, one of the country’s most respected addiction and dual diagnosis treatment centers, recently announced the launch of Professionals Treatment at Promises, a comprehensive, client-centered drug and alcohol treatment program for professionals(including physicians, attorneys, airline pilots and other licensed professionals) as well as adults looking for this type of high-quality care.

Professionals Treatment at Promises is modeled to be congruent with state physician health programs, with a unique emphasis on early referral, sophisticated evaluation, and active long-term monitoring and care management. In a private, serene setting in West Los Angeles, clients receive highly personalized care from a team of specialists that understand the unique challenges and needs of addicted professionals.

“Physician health programs have evolved into one of the most successful models of recovery management,” said Greg Skipper, MD, the Director of Professional Health Services at Promises. “By applying the same core principles in Professionals Treatment at Promises, we have designed a program that helps professionals preserve their lives, careers and reputations as they work toward lifelong sobriety.”

Professionals Treatment at Promises provides the full spectrum of care, from detox and comprehensive evaluations to residential, day treatment and extended care. The program features:

  •     Thorough evaluations based on validated diagnostic criteria
  •     Individual psychotherapy and group therapy (including addiction education, relapse prevention, process groups and gender-specific groups)
  •     Profession-specific process groups, support groups and self-help meetings
  •     In-Site Therapy (volunteer opportunities in local healthcare facilities)
  •     Treatment of co-occurring addictive behaviors and mental health issues
  •     Practice assessments and return to work schedules
  •     Transition planning and continuing care
  •     Long-term monitoring and drug screening

Treatment is divided into two phases: stabilization and introduction to recovery, and advanced recovery skills. A unique feature of Professionals Treatment at Promises is that drug testing, utilizing the same company and procedure they’ll utilize upon returning home, begins long before the client returns home, allowing the staff to assess compliance and the client to get familiarized with testing protocols and monitoring practices.

Clients have weekly consultations with Dr. Skipper to discuss progress, goals and transition planning. Dr. Skipper has more than three decades of leadership experience developing professional health programs. He is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Skipper is a member of the National Advisory Council for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (appointed by the secretary of Health and Human Services) and a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and Drug Abuse Advisory Committee.

“Promises has over 20 years of experience treating professionals and executives who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions and co-occurring issues,” said Jamie Deans, the Professionals Program Manager at Promises. “Professionals Treatment at Promises draws on this expertise and the extraordinary knowledge and insights of Dr. Skipper to produce excellent outcomes for our clients.”

About Promises Treatment Centers:
Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in southern California. Led by some of the country’s leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been the drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 20 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, visit or call (877) 351-7506.

Promises is part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that includes The Ranch, The Recovery Place and the Sexual Recovery Institute. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit


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