Category: “Addiction Medicine”

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My Story: Asking for Help

[ . . . ] “Because of my resistance to 12 step indoctrination, my honesty about its lack of efficacy, and my unwillingness to be coerced into participation into a religious cult, I have nowhere to go now and waning hope of regaining my career as a professional airline pilot. If I had it to…

The Looming Fraud Case Against PHPs and Medical Boards

Originally posted on CPR – The Center for Physician Rights BLOG:
I wrote this essay in response to Michael Langan’s piece (reblogged on this site) on the crucial importance of diagnostic accuracy (6/5/2015) Very pleased to see Michael’s explanation of diagnostic accuracy, especially in his coverage of the dangers of false positives. While he covered it elsewhere in…

(32) Denial

“Denial, a psychodynamic defense mechanism popularized by Freud (1937), is an ostensibly unconscious refusal to acknowledge obvious facts of reality, such as the death of a loved one in an automobile accident (Vaillant, 1977). Nevertheless, thanks largely to the popular psychology industry, this term has been widely misappropriated to refer to the tendency of individuals…

Young Jurks Podcast 12/6/14 Discussing Massachusetts Physician Health Services

Originally posted on Disrupted Physician:
Some words of the radio interviewer before Dr. Langan begins to talk (around at 5:30) : American Association of Addiction Medicine = “It is like a rehabilitation drug-industrial complex” Physician Health Services and Addiction Medicine = “There is a group of doctors who might not be really doctors, I don’t know how to call them”…

Re: Six lessons from state physician health programs to promote long-term recovery.

Dupont RL, Skipper GE. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2012 Jan-Mar;44(1):72-8. Six lessons from state physician health programs to promote long-term recovery.  Abstract “The success of the nation’s state physician health programs (PHPs) provides important new evidence on the potential for dramatically reducing relapse and promoting long-term recovery from substance use disorders. This article summarizes the findings…

In Mechanics and Mentality the Physician Health Program “Blueprint” is Essentially Straight, Inc. for Doctors.

Originally posted on Disrupted Physician:
In 2012 former Nixon Drug Czar Robert Dupont, MD delivered the keynote speech at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) annual conference and described a “new paradigm” for addiction and substance abuse treatment. He advocated zero tolerance for alcohol and drug use enforced by monitoring with frequent random…

Physician Health Programs:  The Need for Integrity and Accountability of Organizations

Originally posted on Disrupted Physician:
Accountability, or answerability,  is necessary to prevent abuse and corruption.  This requires both the provision of information and justification for actions.  What was done and why? Professional guidelines and standards of care, ethical codes of conduct and the law are all objective benchmarks that can be used to assess the actions…