30 Years of Change Campaign

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Michael S. Antoon, DO, FAAEM

It was in February of 1989, and I appeared to be a very successful EM doc, but in my head I knew my life was in crisis but I did know what to do or how to get out.

I knew I was an alcoholic and was using scheduled drugs to get through work and the day. I was drinking and using drugs all day and night just to give the appearance that I was normal and successful.

I had a DUI and knew I was being investigated by the FBI, IRS and DEA. No one else knew except my closest friend who was also my attorney. On March 13, 1989, after having my home searched by the FBI, DEA and IRS, I entered treatment for drug and alcohol abuse at the Mayo Clinic. When I got home, beside going to AA meetings, I called the PHP because I did not know how to deal with licensing issues, credentialing issues, malpractice issues, legal issues and many other situations that eventually would come up.

I can honestly say that over a 25-year period, PHP has helped and supported me with every issue. In the beginning, I did not believe any of the things I have now would ever be possible. Because of the help, guidance and support of PHP, I have a great and respected medical career. I am also happy, serene and drug free.

In short, I owe PHP my life and happiness.