Ratings for Dr. Douglas Coleman
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.
DO NOT GO TO THIS DOCTOR. I stumbled upon this website and immediately looked up this doctor to find out how others would rate him. I can assure you that he wrote some of his own reviews, because this man is a complete train wreck. I was referred to him by a colleague of his. I'm pretty sure he was on drugs himself when I was there, rambling and sweating profusely. He confided details of other patients and his colleague's struggles, family, you name it. Completely unprofessional, extremely rude and aggressive, there's plenty of help out there, skip this guy he should not be practicing. Waste of time and money.
This man should not be practicing any type of medicine. As an addiction specialist he simply refers you to a 12 step program and has you come back for 'accountability appointments' or should I say additional payments from tax payers. He is very rude and not professional or empathetic to people with very serious medical issues. Do Not Go to this Person
In this day and age it makes a refreshing change to meet a Doctor like Dr Coleman. I will celebrate 20 years of sobriety tomorrow and Dr Coleman had a big part in getting me started on the road to recovery. Sure he can be short at times but if you had to deal with so many people in the early stages of recovery you may be a little short yourself. His knowledge of recovery is second to none and of the people i have sent to him he has helped them all out in a caring way. Thank you for your help. George M
I totally agree with the comments submitted by a former client on February 6, 2015. This doctor's approach to addictions - (the archaic, 75-year old 12-step programme) has been proven to be ineffective scientifically. New research has found the success rate to be in the 5 to 10% range. Even AA admits to a "unscientific" success rate of only 30%. Additionally, a number of AA 12-step requirements have been proven harmful. This doctor makes a good living promoting a treatment which today's medical specialists are opposed to. Why? Because that's all he knows. How can he now change course in mid stream? He wont. It would be the end of his livelihood. I want to underscore the comments made on February 6, 2015. If you feel this doctor has acting unprofessionally file a complaint immediately with the BC COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS. As a final note, former patients strongly suspected this doctor has people writing bogus, positive reviews.
If you have had a problem with this doctor file a complaint with the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons Complaints Department online . Doctors are obligated to operate their medical practice using evidenced based science. It is unethical for a doctor to ignore science and base his medical practice soley on a religeous self help group such as AA that may have been helpful for him.
I was referred to Dr. Coleman for rapid detox. This treatment was $7500. It cost me $50 to see him for a consultation. He then told me I was an excellent candidate for this program. I was told to pay $1500 upon my next visit which I did. After I paid he almost immediately told me I wasn't a good candidate and told me the money was non-refundable. Do not trust this crooked doctor!
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- University of Calgary Medical School (Grad. 1983)
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