Ratings for Dr. Wilson Allen
Given Dr. Wilson' s impressive credentials, I was sorely disappointed with the care I received when in the inpatient substance abuse and concurrent disorders treatment facility that he oversaw. His understanding of addiction was surprisingly narrow, the resources and strategies he used were outdated and he lacked the most important counsellor/doctor competency of all, that of genuine empathy. I honestly believe this arrogant man belongs in a research lab, and not working directly with people who are in desperate need of a little compassion and acceptance. I have come to learn that the Royal Ottawa is revamping their services and that Dr. Wilson has moved on; and I must say that I am very relieved to hear it. The disease model of addiction is out. The bio psychosocial model of addiction is in ... A more comprehensive, holistic view of addiction delivered with a commitment to treating all addicts with the respect and dignity they inherently deserve, will undoubtedly produce a higher standard of care!! (Large egos should be checked at the door).
Addiction is a complex problem, with more than one approach to treatment. The treatment should fit the patient, not the other way around. Dr. Wilson seems to be stuck in advocating the AA model for everyone, despite the well researched and documented limitations to AA. Dr. Wilson also tends to be very arrogant and prejudges addicts based on how he thinks addicts think rather than what they say. Addicts do tell the truth.
While this MD is knowledgeable in addiction medicine and research, translating it into efficacious interventions with patients is not on-the-mark. To my knowledge, he is not a psychiatrist; therefore I have concerns with his prescribing (and withdrawing) psych medications so liberally and in the absence of detailed, first-hand -- and therefore accurate - history-taking. Working in a psych hospital, he tends to psychiatrize concrete physical complaints, without referral or investigation. I would encourage a standard neurological exam be done on all patients entering the psychiatric system for the first time. Thereby, serious and debilitating organic brain disease may be identified, saving a (female) patient 10 years of diagnosis as "somatic." It is possible and common for people with addictions to tell the truth.
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- Coventry Health Care