Addiction among doctors is quite common. It occurs more frequently than it does in the general population. Early in his medical career, Dr. Grinspoon developed a severe addiction to opiate painkillers. His struggles to overcome his addiction, as a doctor, with all the challenges and stigma that come along with this, are documented in his memoir Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction. Dr. Grinspoon went on to serve as an Associate Director for the Massachusetts Physician Health Services, helping physicians overcome their addictions, using the experience, strength and hope which he developed to overcome his own addition.

As someone who has treated patients with addiction for twenty-five years, who has guided physicians with addiction, and who has suffered and overcome his own personal addiction, Dr. Grinspoon is in a unique position to help individuals and families who suffer from addiction.

Dr. Grinspoon is available to coach people and families though addictions and addiction-related issues, and to help individuals maintain their recovery. He is available to speak on any addiction-related topic, with a specialty on opiates, cannabis and physicians with addiction.

Selected articles by or about Dr Grinspoon on the subject of Addition and Recovery:

Up to 15% of doctors are drug addicts. I was one of them
Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2016

Is There Such Thing As an Addictive Personality?
Edith Zimmerman
The Cut, Oct 12, 2018

What Is Percocet?: An Addiction Expert Explains the Uses and Risks of the Popular Painkiller
Chancellor Agard, People, April 27, 2016

For Health Workers Struggling With Addiction, Why Are Treatment Options Limited?
Selena Simmons-Duffin, NPR, September 6, 2019

Selected articles by Dr Grinspoon from the Harvard University health blog:

Does Addiction Last A Lifetime
Going Public With Sobriety

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