How u doing?Want to hear from suboxone users/ex users from the UK.Had loads great advice from the U.S and beyond.But the way we are prescribed and treated is different completely.Get in touch please.Ta.
Ingabom09, hello there from the UK!! Sorry, I'm from the U.S. but just wanted to greet you. I'm curious about how you are treated there. I'm a nurse, a recovering addict who is taking Suboxone. I'm always interested in new ways to treat addiction. I've decided that because of how I got addicted in the first place ( taking narcotic pain meds for migraines) , that whenever possible I would like to be able and help others as much as I can. A lot of people in the U.S. look at addicts as some kind of second class citizen. Anybody with half a brain knows just how easy it is to get caught up in this vicious cycle. Addiction is a disease, like any other disease a person needs outside help getting through it. We don't tell a patient with cancer that they are an awful person , or that it is their own fault they got that way. People need to be educated about addiction and about all the different treatment programs out there. What is it like for you in the U.K.? Unfortunately here in the U.S. there are literally thousands of people who really want to get help, but cannot afford it. Medical insurance is a joke here. If you are unable to work, for whatever reason, you can apply for a medical card through the welfare dept. which if approved, covers a great deal better than most regular insurance. Unfortunately, you practically have to have a zero income to be approved, and even if you don't have any income that doesn't always mean you will get approved. Then you have the wealthy citizens of the U.S. who don't worry about medical because they can afford to pay whatever it cost. The person that is hurt the most, is the working class. They work very hard everyday and yet many of them still cannot afford the outrageous cost of medical insurance. My family is from the working class. Most of us are college educated, have fairly decent paying jobs making in the $79,000.00-$110,000.00 bracket. The cost for our medical insurance is about $600.00 a month. I'm one of the lucky ones whose insurance does pay for my doctor visits and prescriptions. But not all insurance will pay for a Suboxone clinic, much less for the monthly medications. I drive six hours round trip to see my doctor, it cost $250.00 for each visit, $597.00 a month for my prescription, which my insurance covers all of it. People are hurting here in the U.S., jobs are very hard to get, they pay very low salaries to try and keep up with our economy. So very few people are able to seek medical help for addiction here. Our government doesn't take care of the people who are actually trying to work for a living. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with anybody seeking assistance when they really need it. Unfortunately, we have a lot of people who are taking advantage of most of the welfare programs in existence making it almost impossible for somebody who is working to get any kind of help. I live in a very small, southern town with very little chance for getting a decent paying job. I've witnessed a lot of abuse of our welfare programs over the past thirty years. My very first job as a nurse was on a maternity ward. The new mothers ranged in age from 12-30 yrs. of age. I tried to tell these young mothers of some of the programs I knew of which could help them get an education etc... I was flat out told "why should I get a job? I make more money having babies and staying at home.". The sad thing about that is that it is true. It seems to be a trend With the very young women around here. Their mentality is this- ( I don't have a job, I don't have even a Highschool education, I don't have a husband or a place to live so hey, I think I'll have a kid!!). The message that is being sent out to our young women is this- if you have a child out of wedlock, we will give you free housing, free utilities, food stamps, a check every month, and oh yeah, we will pay for your four years of college, your daycare while in school, and your gas to get to school. Then at the end f the year, you can file your income tax and receive a refund check on money that wasn't ever yours to begin with. I know I'm ranting, and I'm sorry about that, just wanted to know if it is any different where you live? I'd be interested in hearing about how people are treated where you live. Is medical attention available there for everyone, or is it the same where you live, that only the wealthy or the welfare people who can afford to seek medical attention? Hope I didn't offend anyone, that was not my intention. NIK
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