malamud69 10,792 Views
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For those of you paying tons of cash for all the tests, therapists. rehab etc..... All of these are 100% deductible medical expenses on your income tax save those receipts
Sounds reasonable to me! I'm flying under rhe radar...counting the check ins...P...and definately "put" my life on hold...its an endurance challenge at this stage! It's my choice not theirs and don't get me wrong...I'm living! Alive! Free! Why? Because I know the truth...onward.
I'm in Indiana and mine are free. I'm required to attend 12 NA and/or nurse support groups a month.
and I can't believe they charge for a support group in some states!!! ridiculous!
to continue...in other words any thinking person knows that "substance abuse disorder" is quackery of the highest order...people "cope" in an unlimited amount of ways...all personal and all individual...some "healthy" some not...the fact that a group of scum...bags...has capitalized monetarily on people's discomfort is simply the American healthcare model...
I wish x1000 that more states legitimately distinguished between mental health and substance abuse participants. That can go so very far in terms of the nurse support groups actually being supportive (instead of like me, being the lone mental health participant in a room full of folks with substance use issues.) and in terms of this not feeling like punishment. When one is dealing with substance use disorder the goal (however you may get there) is a life in recovery. Correct? For those of us with mental health diagnoses, cramming the notion of ‘recovery' down our throats is demeaning and insulting. Bipolar or depression, etc are illnesses to be managed, not recover from.
Sadly, there is too much about many of these programs (and the associated evaluators and treatment facilities) that is money driven. Substance abuse diagnoses are financially lucrative, mental health, not so much. When you have no ethics or concious about the lives you are ruining, that matters.
I've already been picked SEVEN times in a 2 week period. I was fuming!
Yes...it is completely about the money...do the math...usually when I haven't been "chosen" to P "enough" times in a month (randomly according to contract of course) I am often hit with the "3 in a week" scenario...and yes it is totally abhorrent and yes it is completely without evidence etc...but please do not waste your time and life energy trying to get anything like assistance or compassion from any of these snake oil case managers...you will be met by the blank wordless stare of yet another 12 step automaton that in most cases refuses to do the basic math that shows this atrocity for what-as stated so eloquently above by my fellow posters-is.
Pretty much 99.999% Wednesday here...guess the .001 is "random"
The only word that comes to mind is sickening
"random" Hah! That word makes me laugh out loud...according to Webster the alternate spelling of random is m o n e y....ludicrous
This is kind of related to the topic of success rates....sooo...
Just needed to vent for a minute to some people that understand. So I'm in my monitoring program since August 2016. The usual requirement here is to attend the nurse support group weekly for 1 year, and then get stepped down to every other week. So I was recently told that after speaking with my case manager, that my therapist cannot step me down to every other week, although my year of weekly is over. She says this is coming from my case manager, and all the case managers do it how ever they want. At this point in my recovery, I have a sponsor but I have been honest in group and have said that I only speak to her once a week at a meeting and I am not actively working the 12 steps. So I am told that this is the rationale behind not stepping me down to every other week group- because I don't speak to my sponsor often enough and I'm not working the steps. She said, well you know, all these people are dying out here, and we just don't want that to happen, and we want you to continue your recovery after monitoring is over, and we don't want to see you back here, blah blah blah. Basically saying the only way to not relapse was to have an active sponsor and work the steps.
So I was pretty jacked when she told me this. First of all, I pay $25 out of pocket every week for this group. So that's $50 extra that I was planning on saving a month, which maybe isn't a lot to some people, but where I am currently working (and signed a 2 year contract), I am being called off once a week, so I'm only working 24hrs a week on average. So that $50 would help. 2nd, it's pretty discouraging when I have done every single thing asked of me and required of me per this program. So for them to suddenly say, oh yeah you're doing okay, buttt sorry, not good enough...is kind of a kick in the junk. Like, you're telling me my recovery and progress aren't good enough for you? Screw you people, my life is better than it's ever been. And my life is already controlled in almost all aspects by your monitoring program, and now you want to "order" me to work the steps? Just kinda seems like bull crap to me at this point. So now I have to either get a new sponsor or talk more to my current one, and work on the 12 steps...or I'm stuck indefinitely attending my Nurses group every week.
Anyway, pretty trivial stuff, I know. Just had me feeling some kinda way and needed to put it out there.
I was told that the word of my shrink...15 yrs Hx. was too..."subjective"....hmmmm...would the word of my cardiologist matter in a similar circumstance? Of course anything approaching evidence based scientific knowledge will be summarily discarded in place of a dung heap of psuedo religious mumbo jumbo and slogan speak based on the musings of a deranged detoxing socialite
But peths are a 3 week look back. Right? So why on earth, how on earth, could they justify two in one month?
The magnet status attracts money, but repels employees.
I used to be passively aggressive in the only way meek, repentant, chastised and exposed drug addict me could: on the days my color was "randomly" called I'd eat a can of cream of asparagus soup for breakfast.
By midmorning when I arrived to drop my body had had plenty of time to convert asparagusic acid enzymes into that nasty smelling sulfur containing chemical and get reeeeeeeeal stinky. I'd hand over my urine with a sweet, ladylike smile. Enjoy.
Be grateful you can check at midnight and have to entire day to test. We have to time our check-in's very carefully as we only get 5 hours from the minute of check-in to test and most places are only open 7-8am - 4-5pm. If we are late to a test (even minutes) we get time added to our "sentence"!
I've had many embarrassing moments while testing... i get nervous i wont be able to go... then the nerves activate everything else! Sucks!!
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