So Much for the Specialist……

8 Jul

I have tried in vain to convey the main reason for my Herion addiction to the clinician (Dr. Dickhead – see previous posts) which is anxiety.  I have also tried to explain that, whilst negating the physical redrawals from Dia-Morphine, Methadone is of no benefit in controlling the anxiety.  Still, this has fallen on deaf ears, despite my Key Worker agreeing this is the case.  In the 3 years I have engaged with Drug & Alcohol services, I have screened clear for Dia-Morphine only once &  that was to comply with my ex-employers demands to facilitate my return to work & keep my job.  At no time during the endless mettings with my Doctor & Key Worker have either offered any constructive proposal to deal with the underlying problems or, given any useful advice as to how to move forward.  A pretty poor show seeing as they are supposed to be the trained, experiened & specislist withing their field……

My GP prescribes Diazepam which does control my anxiety.  However, Dr Dickhead has written to my GP to ‘suggest‘ that he reduces my presciption for Diazepam & Mirtazapine.  At the same time trying to increase the Methadone prescription by 25%.  The reason for this is not entirely clear, although it would appear it is intentded to curtail my use of Dia-Morphine.  History dictates that this will not work as is has done on numerous occasions.  If one where to look at it from a cinical angle, if the final statistics show an overall drop in prescribed medication will appear as if they are making progress, which I can assure you they are not……

My proposal to change my presription to Dia-Morphine, which is within the remit of  Dr Dickhead & indeed advocated as part of the process of dealing with long term addiction &  yeilds published, well documented results in terms of the phsco-social benefits & in doing so limits the financial and social degridation caused by my need to continue using Herion.

I do not feel as if any detailed assesment of my mental and physical health has been undertaken and that no solution has been found.  They simply stumble along with the status quo happy in the knowledge that, as the statistics show, there is an ever increasing ‘need’ for Drug & Alcohol Services and with it comes their job security……

I have looked at the European Convention on Equality & Human Rights Act 1998 and feel that the service is in breach of several sections.  Namely, a patients right to ‘dignity in treatment’, the patients right to be ‘involved in the decision making process’ and the patients right to given ‘all’ available data pertaining to their treatment.  It is my intention to mount a challenge to the decision making process in the courts, once I have found out the best way to acheive this……

Meanwhile, the ongoing sustitute prescribing & substitute precribing alone continues.  This runs contrary to the the second of the ‘Eight Key Principals’ laid down in the guidelines which states; “Subbstitue prescribing does NOT constitue treatment without Pysco-Social interventions along side ‘……

And on we go……

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