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The truth of drug treatment revealed

Letter: Doug Wood Boise Inmate

In the late ‘80s the MMPI test that the local social worker had given me indicated that I had clinical depression. Because I admitted to smoking marijuana regularly I was sent to in-patient drug treatment. Drug treatment lied to me about my condition and treatment, and after years of being manipulated into going in and out of treatments I developed the recognized recovery group/treatment disorder on top of my clinical depression.

Rational Recovery informed me about the truth of drug treatment and drug treatment discovered that I knew the truth. After having made me dependent on them, drug treatment then denied me treatment when my atheism was outed. With parallel actions from mental health they began deploying dirty trick tactics such as telling me to travel long distances for treatment, then without explanation turning me away when I got there.

After months of being professionally antagonized, a high ranking psychologist from State Hospital North in Orofino, Idaho, told me to go to the police and tell them that I felt like killing somebody and I would get the help I needed. I was not a troublemaker and I had no criminal record. However, I was in mental anguish so I did what the psychologist that I looked up to had directed me to do.

Stay tuned.

Doug Wood

Boise inmate

(Editor’s note: Wood, 47, is currently serving a minimum 30- to maximum 40-year sentence for his 2009 convictions on assault with intent to commit a serious felony on a peace officer with firearm enhancement, and battery on a police officer. These felonies resulted from a 2007 shooting incident with Idaho County Undersheriff Jim Gorges, and a 2008 incident at St. Mary’s Hospital when he attacked ICSO Jailer Rick Shira – striking him in the head, and taking and shooting his sidearm — in an attempt to escape. He is serving his sentence at Idaho State Correctional Institution in Boise.)


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