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Working through workplace stigma: Coming back after an addiction

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January 5, 2018

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Edmon D. Pogi
February 21, 2018

I am moved by your story, knowing how difficult it is to face even a hostile audience after a serious professional mistake, let alone the personal tragedy of addiction. Thank you for returning to the “field of battle” that is medicine and addressing with the empathy you have from personal experience the opiod crisis all around us. Thank you very much. Good wishes for your new year, and ours.

Peter Grinspoon, MD
February 21, 2018

Thank you for your kind words!

Veronika A.
February 1, 2018

Your comeback is so encouraging. It’s bringing back memories that might actually make me cry sitting here. My mom and sister both dealt with similar situations – perhaps not as high profile as this one, but the rules are the same. One foot in front of the other is definitely sage wisdom. My sister was fortunate as she worked for an amazingly supportive company here in Florida they really helped her through it, and not just with words – they had programs in place that helped with tangible resources. It always gives me hope in humanity (and for corporate America) when companies do right by people who genuinely want help. thank you for writing this and calling this out. More high-end health professionals (like yourself) and executives really need to.

Peter Grinspoon, MD
February 2, 2018

I’m glad to hear that things worked out so well for your sister and that there are some enlightened employers out there!!

Patrick Doyle LICSW
January 21, 2018

Peter this is so revealing, moving, and important especially for we who support employers, and employees returning to work after lengthy absence due to behavioral health illness. Your courageous self-disclosure of sickness and recovery is inspirational, and deserving of inclusion in all medical/professional training curricula. Your patients and colleagues are blessed that you are in their lives. Keep up your amazing (on so many levels) work; so happy for you.

Peter Grinspoon, MD
January 21, 2018

Thanks Patrick!!

Judith upstate NY
January 8, 2018

I am moved by your story, knowing how difficult it is to face even a hostile audience after a serious professional mistake, let alone the personal tragedy of addiction. Thank you for returning to the “field of battle” that is medicine and addressing with the empathy you have from personal experience the opiod crisis all around us. Thank you very much. Good wishes for your new year, and ours.

Peter Grinspoon, MD
January 8, 2018

Hopefully, if more people share their story, there will be less stigma!

NDE DIDIER achu
January 8, 2018

Wow What a wonderful story am really encouraged by this story my own case I was drug innocently by my colleague’s at my work place and I become addicted to a substance I knew nothing about it. I have suffered with this for the past 8 months now Harvard stories really encouraged me within this period to get back myself now that am almost stable I don’t want to go back to work again I want to go back to school and Harvard has been in my mind throughout my recovery period please help me get admission in Harvard because I believe my own life story will also encourage someone some day

Peter Grinspoon, MD
January 8, 2018

good luck with your recovery!!

Bostongal
January 8, 2018

Hey there–Good for you on all fronts… it is good that you are back because you will help the medical profession understand how to prevent further addiction from happening and also help it to understand how to treat it better. The medical community needs your message for then ever, so do not give up. You will be a big key to ending the epidemic. 🙂

Peter Grinspoon, MD
January 8, 2018

thank you for your kind words!

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