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 Post subject: Advise needed!!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:03 am 
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Hello all,
New guy from Maryland here.
Back in 2007, I injured my spine without full recovery and the only thing any of my doctors would do was load me up with opiate pain meds and various muscle relaxers etc... without trying to fix the problem. Well as anyone can guess, without intention, I ended up getting addicted to both Oxy and Hydrocodone. Finally, in 2011, I got sick of my life being ruled by those little white devil pills, so I started on an outpatient methadone treatment program and I have been pain pill free since the day before my first dose. FIVE years clean!!! :) I have been 100% compliant with the clinic, I have an excellent support system at home, I made amends with all of my family that I effected with my addiction, I've been proactive in my recovery by attending group religiously every week, I built a great rapport with the staff and nurses, I met with my counselor's on a regular basis (I had three different counselors since then. All of whom were let go for reasons undisclosed) I had all clean drug screens and I even earned my max of six take homes. Everything was going great up until August of last year when I got popped for an alcohol positive urine which shocked me to no end as I hadn't had a drop of anything alcoholic in about 7 years at that point. So they revoked my take homes and I had to fight to get my urine retested which came out being too much glucose in my urine and Not from drinking. That urine test actually turned out be a blessing in disguise as I found out I am type 2 diabetic! Luckily, I got my take homes back two days later and I went from having a blood sugar over 200 down to 128 in 11 months which I think is great. Things were again going well and I even started a slow taper down as I am ready to be off of the methadone. Well a couple weeks ago, my new counselor / clinic director (More like Dictator) threatened me with a take home suspension because I brought breakfast and an unsweet tea with me like I had done for the past couple of years to eat before group. She berated me in front of other patients saying "I was being none compliant by bringing breakfast and that she didn't believe I had unsweet tea in my cup" and that "I"m only allowed to drink water during group or I would lose my take homes"! Fast forward to this past Thursday, she took my take homes because I was still having some glucose spill over in my urine. She accused me of "Not taking care of my diabetes fast enough"! Which is bull$h1* because I've been doing nothing but managing it. I tried telling her that my blood sugar was down from 200 to 130, my 3 month follow up blood tests showed that my A1C was down by over 50% but she told me she didn't believe me (Even though I have medical proof) and that "I am being none compliant with the methadone program and that I need to do better" and that she took my take homes to "Light a fire under my ass to cure my diabetes"! So my question is, is it even legal for a counselor who is not even a real doctor to pull my take homes because she thinks "I'm not taking care of and curing my diabetes fast enough"? Since the clinic dictator had become my counselor, and even before, she has always had it out for me for some reason. She literally yelled me one morning for parking where she wanted to park when the clinic is in a leased strip mall location, not owned and the parking lot is for public use with no assigned spots. She tried pulling me out of line one morning because "she didn't like the way I looked" and tried accusing me of being drunk! And she yelled at me for watching tv in the group room while my group mates and I were waiting for group to start. And now she is trying to block me from guest dosing and transferring to a new clinic which is only 10 minutes away from me instead of over an hour one way. And because I got pissed off at her, and told her to F-off after she stole my take homes from me, she reported me as having "Anger and Abuse Issues" to my insurance. And she won't tell me how long my takes are suspended for!
Please help me with advise on what I can do. I know what she is doing is wrong. She has had many complaints against her but she's still in power over the clinic which I don't understand.

Sorry for the long winded post, but I wanted to give everyone a little background.

Lee


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 Post subject: Re: Advise needed!!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:21 pm 
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Is this a dead forum? I was hoping someone would have chimed in by now.


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 Post subject: Re: Advise needed!!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:51 am 
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If she's singling you out for what you believe is unreasonable treatment, you can file a grievance against her.

You could make an appt. with the clinic Dr and discuss the reason's she's taken your TH's away, because there is no way she should be revoking your TH's on the basis that your diabetes is not getting better as quickly as she thinks it should.

If you complain internally, and nothing somes of it, there are several external avenues that you can take, but it's pretty pointless doing that yet, as the first question they will as is 'have you raised an internal greivance'.

If she is revoking your TH's solely to encourage you to get your sugar levels down, that is blatantly wrong, and someone needs to speak to her about how she's treating patients.

She's there to treat/help treat your substance use, not your diabetes, as long as you're seeing a Dr about that, it's none of her concern.

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 Post subject: Re: Advise needed!!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:13 pm 
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sapphire wrote:
If she's singling you out for what you believe is unreasonable treatment, you can file a grievance against her.

You could make an appt. with the clinic Dr and discuss the reason's she's taken your TH's away, because there is no way she should be revoking your TH's on the basis that your diabetes is not getting better as quickly as she thinks it should.

If you complain internally, and nothing somes of it, there are several external avenues that you can take, but it's pretty pointless doing that yet, as the first question they will as is 'have you raised an internal greivance'.

If she is revoking your TH's solely to encourage you to get your sugar levels down, that is blatantly wrong, and someone needs to speak to her about how she's treating patients.

She's there to treat/help treat your substance use, not your diabetes, as long as you're seeing a Dr about that, it's none of her concern.

Thanks for the reply sapphire.
I was going to write a grievance but I found out that they end up going to the director so it won't do any good unfortunately. I've asked to see the doctor and she keeps saying she will "set up an appointment for me" but she never does. However, I do have an update. I am going to try and catch the doc when she is there on intake day and one of the nurses who knows this is B.S. is trying to help me, and he gave me the clinic owners name but the only contact info is the mailing address to the clinic and said all mail is intercepted by... you guessed it, the director. I asked him if he would give the owner a grievance letter for me and he said he would.
I've also contacted the state compliance board and they even said it wasn't right and that they are going to investigate the matter. So I will post back once I talk to the doctor, submit the grievance letter and or hear back from the compliance board. Either way I'm fighting this and I will not let her get away with it!

Lee


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 Post subject: Re: Advise needed!!
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:29 am 
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Another update and some good news. The Dictator wasn't there today so I was able to fill out a transfer form for the other clinic, had a copy made and I called the other clinic and set up my intake appt. Unfortunately, the soonest is a couple of weeks from now. But at least I'm going to be able get out of that place!

Lee


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 Post subject: Re: Advise needed!!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:52 am 
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Well that's good that at least you can transfer to somewhere else where hopefully the rules will be more fair and the staff will be more professional.

Sometimes, if you can't do anything to change the clinic, even by contacting the accrediting body and the State Opioid Treatment Authority, the best thing for your own welfare and sanity is to just find another clinic.

Hopefully now that you've contacted the state treatment authority, they will look into the clinic anyway, and even though you won't be a patient there any more, it will benefit the current patients and all the future patients! Well done!!

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