This is the disturbing history of the PHP movement and how it has devolved to the distinctly non-benevolent enterprise it is today. Michael is the de-facto investigative historian of the PHP movement, it’s tight collusion with state medical boards and its multiple cover-ups of its hideous abuses. As we explore the unconscionable bind that medical boards and PHPs have put physicians in – whether with bona fide SA issues or entirely contrived, or embellished beyond recognition of the original offense – I am convinced that we will discover the grim reality that a significant number of physicians will have died by suicide as a result of these egregious and sadistic abuses of authority and process.
Ridgeview Institute was a drug and alcohol treatment program for “impaired physicians” in Georgia created by G. Douglas Talbott, a former cardiologist who lost control of his drinking and recovered through the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Up until his death on October 18, 2014 at the age of 90, Talbott owned and directed a number of treatment facilities for impaired professionals, most recently the Talbott Recovery Campus in Atlanta, one of the preferred referrals for physicians ordered into evaluation and treatment by licensing boards today.
G. Douglas Talbott is a prototypical example of an “impaired physician movement” physician–in fact in many ways he may be considered the”godfather” of the current organization. He helped organize and serve as past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and was a formative figure in the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Impaired Physician Program.
G. Douglas Talbott (center), with sons Mark (left) and Dave (right). (image: Ham Biggar)