Well as angry these "people" make us, we must remember that they have a disease. The disease of addiction needs more attention, cause it's the fact that we ignore them is what makes it so hard for these people to get help. Like in my city, we have been fighting for a methadone clinic for the past 10 years. 2 years we ago we had a place bought, and the doors where about
opened when the bussinisses around it decided that it would bring the homeless and **********s and gang activity around (gansters sell, not use), when in fact, we have barely any of those people living here, and why cant we have security guards like the other methadone clinics have. So people here have to drive an hour and half to the nearest clinic, and their rules are that you have to go for 90 days straight before you get any take homes, and that is just plain impossible, especially if you have no car, or you have children, and have to find a babysitter, and did I mention that you have to be there at like 6am in the morning. And we have no Suboxone doctor here either (I live in as city of mostly upper class cause we have Hanford here) and nobody wants any drug treatment centers here. So my town is filled of addicts who wants help, but cant get any. and I know this because I tried so hard to find help for a friend, and their was absoutly nothing but counciling, but she needed to detox first, and with no insurance, there is just nothing around here or even somewhat closeby. Actually I have a good friend that was a high school teacher, who has a great life, big house, fancy car, but is in the middle of opiate addiction, and even with her nice insurance, she cant get any help either, so she doesnt work anymore right now cause of her addiction, and it has ruin her and her family's life. This is a huge reason why I wanna work so badly with addicts, and I wanna get the message out there about
the lack of any treatment, and I live in a pretty big town, thiers absoutly no reason why we cant have treatment centers. And if these people got off their highhorse, and actually
opened their eyes and see what a huge problem it is here (and just about
everywhere else), and know that methadone clinics dont always bring homeless criminals around, but actually bring in people that are just like them, that live lifes just like them, hold jobs like them, you would never know they where addicts. And until we start helping them, we are going to continue being treated like them. So if ever you see a town meeting where they're trying to stop the
opening of a clinic or treatmet center, please go and advocate for them, or write letters to the congess and others like them. I hope you all dont get mad at me, but please try and understand what I'm trying to say, cause the more we turn our heads to the addicts and just get angry, the it will just make our lives that much harder. And you must understand that an addict's brain cant understand what they are doing to us in pain, cause their brains just thinks about
them and their drugs and not anyone else, it is a disease, and they need help BIG time.
26 year old Female , single mother of 2 kids, on SSI for migraines, pain, pancreas issues
All the things broken with me: Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Chronic lower back pain that causes severe pain/numbness/tingling especially to my left leg, Genetic Pancreatic Divisum that causes chronic pancreatitas, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic attacks
Prescription Meds:Suboxone 24mgs daily, Cymbalta 60mg nightly, Lyrica 50mgs nightly, Imitrex as needed, Ibprofen 800 twice daily, Zanaflex as needed, Ventolin as needed for asthma attacks, Advair twice daily
Over the conter meds: Benadryl nightly for itching due to meds (not sure which one yet),
Surgeries: Gallbladder removed at 15 years old, 2 ERCPs, stent put in pancreas, countless upper GI scopes, Bartholin gland opened permanetly due to recurring painful cysts
Goals: to go to college next fall to be a nurse and get off of SSI
Wishful thinking: to not be in pain!!!