Dr. P. Joseph Frawley graduated from Medical School in 1976 as the President of the Alpha Omega Alpha (A.O.A.) Medical Honor Society. He completed a Rotation in Medicine Internship at Harbor General Hospital and a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Sepulveda V.A. Hospital where he was named Senior Resident of the Year. He received his Board Certification in Internal Medicine in 1979. After completion of his Residency he undertook from 1979 to 1993 the Medical Directorship of the Schick Shadel Hospital of Santa Barbara which specialized in the treatment of chemical dependency. Dr. Frawley has written a book for patients entitled, “Addiction: Who is in Control?” He has participated in the development of specific treatment programs for cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin dependence, and worked as a smoking cessation therapist prior to entering medical school. He has participated in research in the use of Buprenorphine for the treatment of opiate dependence, and is certified to be able to provide this treatment. He is a past president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine and past Board Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has been Certified in Addiction Medicine since 1983. Dr. Frawley has served on the Physician Wellbeing Committee for the Medical Society of Santa Barbara as well as the Cottage Hospital and Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara Committees.
Dr. Frawley over the past 5 years has provided consultations on patients who have chronic pain complicated by the use of mood altering medications. The consultations have been centered on appropriate pain management for patients, particularly in patients who have chemical dependency as well as chronic pain. He is member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine since 2003. He has served as one of the physician members of the Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara’s chronic pain program.
He is currently engaged principally in the private practice of Internal Medicine, and is one of the attending physicians at the Cottage Hospital Chemical Dependency Program in Santa Barbara, California and Associate Medical Director of the Cottage Residential Treatment Program. In 1998 he was named Homecare Physician of the Year by the Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse Association. Dr. Frawley is also the Co-Founder of Recovery Road Eating Disorders. Dr. Frawley has been married since 1980 and has four children.