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Physician Health Programs Are Important: Encouraging Early Referrals

(While addressing Physician Health Programs specifically in this blog, the same principles can apply to all types of professional health programs for all the other health professions (dentists, nurses, judges, attorneys, pilots, etc)). Not everyone knows why Physician Health Programs are important. A medical board in a neighboring state without a PHP once asked meRead More

Specificity of Phosphatidylethanol as a Marker for Alcoholic Beverage Consumption

Utilizing blood phosphatidylethanol (PEth) testing as a means to detect beverage alcohol use vs abstinence among licensed professionals and others is a relatively new development. Phosphatidylethanol is a minor metabolite of ethanol formed when an enzyme, phospholipase D (PLD), binds ethanol to phosphatidylcholine lipids in cell membranes, including red blood cells. Over 48 homologues (similarRead More

Addiction and Crime

It is not a good idea to treat someone for an illness they do not have. In fact, it could be considered unethical. We have a successful model now in the professional health world for treating addiction as an illness. And if someone has that illness they should be diagnosed and treated. And there areRead More

Does AA Work?

Google AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and you find a lot of negative opinions about it online. “AA is a cult.” “AA only has a 5% success rate.” “AA is an irrational “faith based” program.” “AA is a dangerous playground for violence-prone members.” “AA doesn’t work.” “The pseudo-science of AA.” So, if it does not work thenRead More

CPR’s Trial by Fire

“Mandatory evacuation now!” the police commanded. In my last 30 years working in addiction and treatment, I have seen my fair share of challenges. There have been cross country moves, changing facilities and staff changes that were really hard, but the last year has been extraordinary. It all started in November last year when weRead More

Treatment Programs Designed for Physicians and other Health Professionals

All substance use disorder treatment programs should be excellent, unfortunately standards are often lax, in part because funding is inadequate. Every program should be licensed and accredited and have a physician involved with expertise in addiction medicine. Counseling staff should be licensed. Every program should have excellent evaluation services for assessing the severity of theRead More

Why Alcoholism Rates Are So High For Lawyers

When it comes to alcoholism, there is a connection between career choices and drinking habits. Unfortunately, certain professions seem to have greater percentages of workers who struggle with alcohol abuse. The American Bar Association (ABA) published a study that confirms that lawyers have a higher percentage of people who abuse alcohol when compared to theRead More

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