“Impaired Professionals”?

We are pleased to announce that we have been recognized as a “recommended provider” of effective and confidential treatment services by the Federation of State Physician Advocacy Groups (FSPAG).

FSPAG was formed to combat the abuse of physicians by the traditional HPPs (Health Professionals Programs) that blackmail physicians into expensive, demeaning, ineffectual, and inappropriate AA/12 Step based treatment programs.

Unfortunately we have direct experience with these insidious programs and we’re pleased to be recognized for offering a confidential, effective, and affordable (both in time and $$$) alternative through our Licensed Professionals Program.

And It’s Not Just Physicians Who Are At Risk!

Dr. Wilson is scheduled to appear as an expert witness in the case of an Alaska teacher whose career was destroyed by an illegally mandated, and totally unsupported, coerced placement at a notorious Oregon treatment facility.

So, please take this opportunity – whether you’re a doctor, lawyer, therapist, social worker, nurse, teacher, boat or airline captain, or other certificated or licensed professional –


Really – it’s happening to hundreds of your colleagues across the country, and will happen to many, many more this week, this month, and this year.

Remember, traditional “treatment” programs have a huge number of beds to fill, enormous profits to reap, and greedy state program directors who will mandate you to AA/12 Step treatment without recourse, discussion, appeal, due process, or privacy and they will cheerfully saddle you with public labels – “alcoholic” and “impaired professional” – that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

Yes, We’re Here to Help You Avoid the Treatment Trap!

“An Inspiring Week, A Revolutionary Approach”

by Dr. Carl and Ms. Nicole of Minneapolis, MN.

“Imagine yourself at a center for dealing with alcohol abuse. And imagine – really imagine if you can – that the week is wonderfully inspiring. Imagine that the week is filled with laughter, joy and lots of humor. Imagine feeling pampered, perhaps as if you where at a California health spa or golf course. And imagine that you tackle some very good “hard work” with the active engagement of tremendously dedicated and experienced coaches – but that ninety-five percent of the week is NOT on the topic of alcohol or alcohol abuse! On top of all that, imagine that a confident pathway is designed, creating a life filled with health-generating practices and pleasures that make excessive drinking irrelevant and simply not needed.

“Nicole and I have finished a wonderful week in just such a place with Ed Wilson and Mary Ellen Barnes – and it was a total surprise. On the surface there wasn’t anything surprising, for example, there was the everyday schedule of meetings all morning and then afternoons free for whatever we wanted (we went to a world class golf course, coastal walks and a health spa). But deep down the whole experience was completely different from that of a treatment center, or a program in the AA tradition. Not once was I treated as if I had a life-long disease. Not once was I “diagnosed” for my failures. Not once was there the instillation of fear and threat or the mantra (one that our society teaches) that “this is a life-long problem” or something that you will have to always keep at bay. Instead there was a radically different approach.

“What was it? Well, it was a combination of things. Yes, there was hard and honest reflection. It was a luxury really, a week where two amazing coaches devoted intense focus on my total life space and context. It was a week where we identified visions of health, assets and strengths, and looked at life as a whole. It was a week where Nicole and I were helped, not alone but together, to forge a shared vision of an exciting, healthy future. It was a precious week where Nicole and I deepened our 30 years friendship, marriage and our love. And it was a week where I came away with real hope and a new calm. It’s hard to explain but it’s true. Nicole and I “high-fived” it after our final session. We were proud of our work. And we left with a feeling of gratitude.”

Carl and Nicole later said that the week they spent with us was the best week they’d spent together since their honeymoon 30 years ago.

Isn’t that what you want too? Again – it starts with just a call.

Odds and Ends

Please! Don’t hesitate to learn more about why you should take advantage of our Licensed Professionals Program!

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Sent My Brother Off To Rehab is Mary Ellen’s popular article on what she learned the hard way ten years ago about the treatment industry.


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