Recovery Without Walls offers a cutting-edge approach to the alcohol and drug use, emotional turbulence, chronic pain and isolation of the ongoing pandemic.
What about your practice makes you a trendsetter?
Our practice at Recovery Without Walls uses evidence-based treatment, including targeted medication and psychotherapy tools, that we often introduce years ahead of other clinics. I was an early adopter of the FDA-approved drug, buprenorphine, to treat addiction and chronic pain and have taught and published about buprenorphine for more than 20 years as clinical faculty in the pain followship program at UCSF. Our discoveries about the use of buprenorphine have been frequently
cited by other researchers and practitioners. We are also innovators in the use of other medications for alcohol use disorder, depression and chronic pain including baclofen, ketamine, selegiline and mood stabilizers.
You are more than a clinician. Tell us about a few of the other projects you have undertaken.
I worked to end the use of the gas chamber at San Quentin in the 1990s. In 1981, I was a delegate at the First Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which led to the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. This last year, an organization I helped found, the FLCCC Alliance, has pioneered approaches to Covid-19 well in advance of standard interventions with the MATH+ and the I-MASK+ protocols (FLCCC.net), focusing on steroids, heparin, vitamin C, ivermectin, zinc, vitamin D, quercetin and melatonin. I continue to be inspired by the “ecology of mind” of 20th century biologist and systems theorist Gregory Bateson.
What makes your team so different?
I have 30 years of experience and am board certified in addiction, emergency and pain medicine. We are a multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychotherapists, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a registered dietician/eating disorder specialist, and a community of recovery interventionists and counselors. Our patients experience an unusual level of individualized support, including diagnostic testing, hormonal support, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, physical therapy, massage and mindfulness practice.