Michael D. McGee, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
The Haven at Pismo
Author of “The Joy of Recovery: A Comprehensive Guide to Healing from Addiction”
Board Certified, General Adult Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine
PO Box 545
Avila Beach, CA 93424-0545
1411 Marsh St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Dr. McGee is currently the Chief Medical Officer of The Haven, a psychiatric treatment facility located in the Central Coast of California that specializes in the treatment of addictions.
Dr. McGee graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Biology with distinction. Dr. McGee received his M.D. from Stanford University School of medicne and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, including a Chief Residency in Inpatient psychiatry. He has directed several treatment programs, participated in government-funded outcomes research and has published in the areas of spirituality, clinical treatment, performance management, care management and health information technology.
Dr. McGee is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has extensive experience in addictions treatment and general adult psychiatry.
Dr. McGee is the author of “The Joy of Recovery: A Comprehensive Guide to Healing from Addiction.”
Dr. McGee has a private practice in San Luis Obispo, where he practices a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. His approach is ecelctic. He includes psychospiritual interventions to compliment biological, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral interventions.
- Centsai.com. Underearners Anonymous.
- US News and World Reports. Single Dads Have a Higher Mortality Rate than Others.
- Helio Psychiatry. The Optimal Management of Opioid Use Disorder.
- Parents.com. Kids are opting for marijuana over cigarettes and alcohol.
- Mason Vera Pain Show. Grudges: What are they and why we hold on to them.
- Medscape: Possible Tie to First-Line ADHD Drug and Hallucinations, Other Psychotic Symptoms.
- CRNAs Seeking New Best Practices in Pain Management.
- Louie Free Radio Show. Brainfood from the Heartland. http://www.audioacrobat.com/email/EtPDpG1bc.
- Radio Show: Can there be Joy in Recovery from Addiction? http://www.kcbx.org/post/reluctant-therapist-can-there-be-joy-recovery-addiction.
- Dr. Health Radio with David Snow.
- The Obesity Podcast. “Why Diet and Exercise Often Don’t Work. https://www.ontrackdiabetes.com/podcasts/diabetes-dish/episode-25-obesity-podcast.
- Max Sports and Fitness: Develop a Gratitude Attitude. https://www.maxsportsandfitness.com/have-gratitude-attitude/.
Sample Interview Questions.
- Tell me about your story. How did you get into the addictions treatment field?
- What is your approach to the treatment of addiction? How is it different from what other people are doing?
- You’ve written a book on recovery from addiction. How is it different from other books on recovery?
- What is addiction anyway?
- Compulsive behavior…it is always bad?
- Is addiction a disease? Is there a genetic component?
- How can I tell if I have an addiction?
- Can people be addicted to both substances and behaviors? What are addictive behaviors?
- How prevalent is addiction in our society?
- Is addiction on the rise? How come? Are there social forces that promote addiction?
- We have an opioid epidemic right now. What happened? What can we do about it?
- What are the costs of addiction? To victims, their families, and society?
- Are there any benefits from having an addiction?
- You describe addiction as a “gift.” How do you see it that way?
- How do people recover from an addiction?
- What types of treatments are there for addiction?
- How do people figure out the best way to recover from their addiction?
- People talk a lot about recovery. What is recovery, anyway? What does recovery look like to the average person?
- What does it really mean to be “clean and sober?”
- Is AA the only treatment for alcoholism?
- Does recovery with AA or other 12 step programs really work?
- Are people at 12 step meetings really just trading in one addictive behavior for another? (cigarette smoking, coffee drinking, etc…..)
- They say that addiction is a medical illness with a spiritual solution. What does that mean? What does spirituality have to do with addiction and recovery? What is spirituality, anyway?
- You say that recovery is the practice of love. What does that mean? What does love have to do with recovery?
- If you have a loved one who suffers from addiction, how do you help them? Nagging and pleading doesn’t seem to work. What can a loved one do?
- How can I get help? How do I look for a good addictions treatment provider? How do I tell if a program is a good program?