The CEO of Betty Ford says it’s your doctor’s office:
An expert on alcoholism and addiction, Dr. Garrett O’Connor struggled for years with an alcohol problem of his own. He saw several doctors during that period but “the only person who ever said I might have a problem,” he notes, “was my dentist.” During some routine dental work “all my teeth fell out. I was going to sue [the dentist], until he pointed out my liver was deficient, not his skills.” O’Connor claims his experience is far from unusual; many family doctors are still unequipped, he claims, to help patients with addiction.
There was a study done at Columbia University where they surveyed primary care physicians and found that 94 per cent were unable to diagnose addiction. They were diagnosing high blood pressure or depression. They were seeing only the symptoms of addiction, and not the disease itself. Sometimes, the most dangerous place for an addict or alcoholic to be looking for treatment is in a doctor’s office. It’s a terrible tragedy.
…alcohol is the great imitator of all diseases, because it goes to every cell in the body and can be present as a neurological disorder, a gastrointestinal one, a cardiac disorder, high blood pressure, a skin disorder, an eating disorder and as the whole raft of psychiatric disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.