Substance Abuse Programs have deemed themselves “instant experts” on delivering intervention services for disruptive physicians. Their strategy for capitalizing on the niche market created by the Joint Commission on The Accreditation of Health Care Organizations’ (JCAHO) newly enacted policy requiring intervention for “disruptive physicians” is to label these physicians as “rageaholics” in need of Inpatient substance abuse treatment. Not only is this fictitious condition completely absent from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental and Nervous Disorders (DSM IV), the American Psychiatric Association has firmly categorized anger as a lifestyle issue, completely unresponsive to psychiatric treatment.
Aside from being unethical, this purely profit-driven move on the part of the rehabilitation facilities stands to compromise the integrity of the legitimate anger management/emotional intelligence programs designed especially for disruptive physicians, which have a track record of delivering tangible results, without creating phony conditions or claiming that their clients have “psychiatric or addiction disorders.”
While all service-oriented for-profit organizations have to balance bottom line awareness with their mission to meet their clients’ needs and continually increase demand for their services, it is absolutely unacceptable for any organization to do so at the expense of the very people they serve, and the system within which they operate. All physician well-being staff, mental health and substance abuse professionals, the JCAHO and APA should protest this fraudulent behavior by such national rehabilitation programs, in order to protect the interests of physicians in need of genuine intervention based strategies to increase skill enhancement in self-awareness and self- control.
Anderson & Anderson, A.P.C
Trusted name in Anger Management