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HIMS is an occupational substance abuse treatment program, specific to pilots, that coordinates the identification, treatment, and return to work process for affected aviators. It is an industry-wide effort in which managers, pilots, healthcare professionals, and the FAA work together to preserve careers and enhance air safety.

HIMS recognizes substance use disorder as complex chronic disease requiring a multidisciplinary approach to  manage the disease itself and its comorbidities.  The HIMS Program is a dynamic and fluid six (6) phase recovery process of identification, intervention, treatment, continuing care, monitoring and relapse.

The monitoring phase of the process is an essential element of the larger six (6) phase HIMS Program.  During this phase the HIMS AME is responsible for monitoring the quality and stability of the pilot's recovery with input from the pilot's sponsor, peers, employer, healthcare professional team and family. 


The goal of this phase is to ensure the pilot maintains sobriety, which is the prerequisite to hold an airman medical certificate under the the FAA Special Issuance authorization. The pilot will meet frequently with their HIMS AME and undergo random drug and alcohol screening over a minimum of 7 years to ensure sobriety.

The HIMS Program has a proven track record of success.  By the close of the initial eight (8) year federally funded project, most major U.S. airlines had endorsed the model, the 800 recovering alcoholic pilots had achieved an 85% long-term abstinence rate, and the cost benefit analysis showed a $9 return for every $1 spent on treatment. 


To learn more about the HIMS Program, please visit their website by clicking the "HIMS PROGRAM" button below. 


To schedule your first HIMS Consultation visit with Dr. Cannell, please click the "Online Scheduling" button below.   

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