Ratings for Dr. Douglas Coleman
People with substance use disorders are not " treacherous liars" and "whiners" and they don't need a "kick in the butt" as Dr Coleman says. This is all 12-Step dogma used by doctors like Coleman who force patients into religious self help groups, rather than treating a medical illness with evidence based medications/therapies. This is so unethical! All the positive comments about Coleman are clearly written by patients who are proponents of the 12-step philosophy. 12-Step programs have never been proven to work and are religious. If patients want to attend AA, fine, but don't provide this as a patients only option! A doctor who forces patients into these programs and refuses to prescribe evidenced based medications for addiction, should be dragged through the courts and stripped of their medical licence. Not to mention the conflict of interest of Coleman referring his patients to his own monitoring and counselling companies, and to his colleagues companies- total conflict of interest!!! Stay away from this doctor-total Quak
I saw him back in 1996-97, he wasn't any of these things I just read about him. He didn't refer me to any 12 step program(Nar-Anon)he wasn't arrogant. He was honest and didn't sugarcoat things, he prescribed me clonadines and gave me vit b12 shots in his office. He held seminars in the evening for addicts and their family members to help them understand addiction, my dad attended with me. I didn't go to him for long, I decided a maintenance program was for me but the time I did spend with him was positive. Sounds like he may of grown cynical over the years, who can blame him dealing with expert liars every day. I don't remember too much about his staff but I know they weren't horrible
I was just checking up to see what was going on and I don,t know about all these stories regarding costly treatment programs. All I know is he saved my life. Sure he is abrupt over the first couple appointments because he is dealing with a bunch of lying and treacherous drug addicts and alcoholics like I was. But by the third visit he was really listening and sent me to a gastroendologist who discovered my barest esophogus which when monitored was caught ast first stage cancer and I had radical surgery 12 years ago. Thanks to Coleman and Evans and the program I am not dead yet. So buck up and get serious about your recovery. Stop whining and grab hold with everything you got and many wonderful people will hold on to you. They will kick you in the but when you need it but you just might make it.
THE IRRATIONALITY OF AA From the April, 2015 issue of "The Allantic." . "Alcoholics Anonymous has more than 2 million members worldwide, and the structure and support it offers have helped many people. But it is not enough for everyone. The history of AA is the story of how one approach to treatment took root before other options existed, inscribing itself on the national consciousness and crowding out dozens of newer methods that have since been shown to work better." . Quackery - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quackery THE ATLANTIC, 2015: "Alcoholics Anonymous has more than 2 million members worldwide, and the structure and support it offers have helped many people. But it is not enough for everyone. The history of AA is the story of how one approach to treatment took root before other options existed, inscribing itself on the national consciousness and crowding out dozens of newer methods that have since been shown to work better." QUACKERY: the promotion of fraudulent or ignorant medical practices. A quack is a "fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill" or "a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have skill, knowledge, qualification or credentials he or she does not possess; a charlatan or snake oil salesman". Come on Dr. Coleman, put your patients best interests ahead of YOUR OWN or find OTHER WORK.
Dr Coleman July 19, 2016 In a ruling released today, the BC Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to consider a complaint alleging that mandating attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and 12-step treatment programs, violates an individual's religious freedom. The complainant lost his job with Vancouver Coastal Health after refusing to attend AA as part of a treatment plan. The complainant is an atheist who objected to the religious basis for AA. (The complainant attended the 12-step based Homewood Health Centre prior to withdrawing from the 12-step based graduated return to work program endorsed by his employer) Tribunal Preliminary Decision: http://www.bchrt.bc.ca/law-library/decisions/2016/pdf/jul/91_CORRECTED_Wood_v_Vancouver_Coastal_Health_Authority_and_others_2016_BCHRT_91.pdf For more info: http://www.bchumanist.ca http://www.therebel.media/do_we_have_freedom_from_religion_in_canada_atheist_fired_for_refusing_to_enter_faith_based_aa_program
Dr. Coleman is obligated to follow the rules of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. You can file a complaint with the College of Physicians, The BC Human Rights Tribunal, or the Courts. You can consult a lawyer for free at Access Pro Bono. Evidenced-based, secular (non 12-step) inpatient treatment centers include: Maple Ridge Treatment Center, Pacifica Treatment Center, Sunshine Coast Treatment Center. Evidence-based secular outpatient services include the Vancouver Daytox Center (Vancouver coastal Health authority), individual addiction counselling is available through Vancouver coastal health and Fraser Health Authorities. Secular evidence-based support groups include SMART Recovery. Books on Moderation Management (moderating rather than abstaining) are also available on Amazon books. Useful resources include the books "Resisting 12-step Coercion- how to fight forced participation in AA, by Stanton Peele, The Sober Truth- Debunking the Bad Science behind 12-step programs and the rehab industry, by Lance Dodes, Recover-Stanton Peele, The Biology of Desire- Why Addiction is not a disease, by Marc Lewis, Chasing the Scream, by Johann Hari, High Price, A Neuroscientists Journey of Self Discovery That Challenges Everything you know about drugs and society. See the BC Humanist Website for more information about ending religious coercion in addiction treatment. See the Select Standing Committee on Health of the BC Legislature website where public submissions will be posted over the next few months on -how to improve addiction recovery programs in BC.
It is a sad and unfortunate fact that a large percentage of individuals struggling with various personal drug addictions are employed as medical and non-medical professionals within the "Addiction Treatment Industry." I personally know several of these people. Medical doctors, like Dr. Coleman, are particularly vulnerable in that they can obtain their drug of choice by writing their own prescriptions, some of which include highly addictive narcotics. This practice is rampant and the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada wide) are well aware of it. Yet nothing is done! Additionally, general practitioners, aware of this issue as well, continue to refer patients to these individuals - their colleagues. It is unbelievable that (a) the College of Physicians & Surgeons in BC and (b) referring GPs do not examine their moral and ethical obligations to provide the best medical care to their patients-taxpayers who pay their substantial 6-figure salaries. Until that happens the Addition Treatment Community will remain largely broken and dysfunctional - everyone will lose.
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- University of Calgary Medical School (Grad. 1983)
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