[ibogaine] Blowing off steam
ptpeet at nyc.rr.com
Fri Jul 12 18:53:45 EDT 2002
>Another way that I have advocated for the state that I am in, was when the appropriations committee was going to extract $9 million from substance abuse, which would have closed the only clinic in my state. I did my homework, went before the committee and presented my reasoning for this life saving treatment. Guess what? They put the money back into substance abuse and the rest is history.<
Fantastic Judith. Thanks very much for sharing this story. Would you consider posting this on the drugwar at mindvox list as well? It's a great little editorial.
Don't let the clinic drive you, graying or not, crazy. Do watcha gotta do. Quite an example you're set here in this note for those "reformers" not "addicted" and still so much more apathetic about things than you, the long-time methadone patient. Maybe that's the key: Put enough people on the firing line....
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I agree with you Andria. It's time for patients to take the bull by the horns and advocate for their treatment, rather than sit and bitch and gripe about the methadone system.
I like you have been a MMT patient for over 20 yrs. I'm a product of the late 60's.
In being an advocate and going to the many conferences that we are so graciously accepted at, has helped me to understand the punitive and unrealistic ways we patients are treated.
Most clinics will not provide literature on our treatment, so I make it my duty to send home at least 3 full boxes of reading material for the patients at my clinic. I do this at my own expense (sending 3 heavy boxes UPS is around $75.00 per box.)
Another way that I have advocated for the state that I am in, was when the appropriations committee was going to extract $9 million from substance abuse, which would have closed the only clinic in my state. I did my homework, went before the committee and presented my reasoning for this life saving treatment. Guess what? They put the money back into substance abuse and the rest is history.
You have to be ready to buck the system intelligently, with drive and ambition. Learn everything you can about federal and state guidelines, and above all demand respect.
These clinics (especially the not ~ for ~ profit orgs) should be doing us a service, rather than using punitive and punishment to keep us in line. One of my pet peeves is the "Graying of Methadone" and the way we "ol timers" are treated. We are ageing, many have health problems, and have come through many years of treatment and we are still treated like someone that just walked in off the street with a codiene habit.
Instead of blowing off steam on this site, blow it off intelligently with your director. I know that they are hard nuts to crack, but if there is a will there must be a way.
Judith Ostergard...Advocates for Methadone Maintenance at Omaha...AMMO...
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