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A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.

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PHP's function to monitor and control. . Mandating coercive 12-step ideology onto physicians is standard operating procedure. The marked rise in physician suicide over the past decade is directly correlated with the FSPHP (an arm of ASAM) taking over state impaired physician programs. A front-group for a front-group unrecognized in the sea of acronyms involved.

And the "kill em all let God sort em out" logical fallacy of saving doctors and protecting patients is propaganda with no evidence base.

This system, that encourages referring doctors confidentially for evaluation, is a nearly foolproof means to silence any physician they feel the need to. An accusation of substance abuse is made relatively easy. Then recommend an evaluation to one of your own people who will confirm the problem and force the victim into a 5 -year monitoring program with mandatory adherence to the 12-step road to salvation.

The FSPHP colludes with a list of around two dozen inpatient drug treatment centers such as Hazelden, Talbott, Marworth, and Bradford where co-conspirators will engage in "confirmatory bias" and "confirmatory distortion" to make the assessment fit the diagnosis. This provides a nearly perfect system to remove any physician from practice.

The ASAM claims an 80% success rate with the PHPs. If you look at the data on which this is based , however, it is as illusory as they are---sheer sloganeering and propaganda with no substance or soul.

The ASAM and FSPHP are gaining power and expanding in scope. They have effectively muscled forth the "war on drugs' agenda to further their goals by establishing a system of coercion, control, secrecy, and misinformation. With doctors the first wave was substance abusers, they then added any psychiatric diagnoses, and are now after the "disruptive physician." The next target is the "aging physician" who will inevitably be diagnosed with "character defects." And by calling this the "New Paradigm" of addiction medicine they want to expand their scope to other professions.

This is a system that oppresses physicians and is about to enter the domain of others including students. It will impact individual freedom, destroy the Bill of Rights, erode freedom of religion, stifle freedom of speech, and take us back decades..

By convincing others of their expertise they have strategically placed themselves in a position of power that includes the ability to remove any doctor from practice.

And unless something is done soon, every physician in the US will be at risk of losing everything at the whim of of a 12-step front group that places ideology above evidence base and dogma above virtue.

Claiming success they now want to bring it to you.


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M.D, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital (1997-2013) Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine

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