In this post, Michael Langan MD explores the gestapo takeover of legitimate addiction treatment by a fake board-certified organization in order to steer costly, and unnecessary, treatment to its own members. What he also raises, as we have done in our correspondence with the APA, is name this for what it is – political abuse of psychiatry by a state agency.
Michael, I believe it would be very worthwhile to consider an ethics complaint to the MA Psychiatric Society and APA (if the PHS is indeed run by a card-carrying APA psychiatrist) or any other professional society to which PHS belongs. I also believe it would be worthwhile to file a complaint of unprofessional behavior with BORIM and compel them to take a stance on this. They ignore it at their own peril. I would send it to each member of the Board, in addition to the “customary” complaint process.
In his 1969 novel The Wild Boys, William S. Burroughs writes “Under pretext of drug control suppressive police states have been set up throughout the Western world…. The police states maintain a democratic façade from behind which they denounce as criminals, perverts and drug addicts anyone who opposes the control machine.”
15 years earlier Dr. Ruth Fox formed the New York City Medical Society on Alcoholism. This organization subsequently became the American Medical Society on Alcoholism and eventually the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The goal has always been to convince the medical establishment that 12-step recovery is the one and only treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction.
Unable to convince the medical establishment of this they decided that a better tactic would be to impose it on them.
And through propaganda, misinformation, lobbying, misleading public relations, and myriad other machinations used to promote a static ideology and suppress…