[ibogaine] Blowing off steam

Andria Efthimiou-Mordaunt AndriaEM at drugscope.org.uk
Mon Jul 15 11:18:03 EDT 2002

What/who is this a response to?

Andria E-Mordaunt 
Users Voice ed./John Mordaunt Trust 

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-----Original Message-----
From: Joatammmo23 at aol.com [mailto:Joatammmo23 at aol.com]
Sent: 12 July 2002 20:13
To: ibogaine at mindvox.com
Subject: Re: [ibogaine] Blowing off steam

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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