Posted by Elizabeth on December 28, 2001, at 14:29:55
In reply to Re: methadone » JahL, posted by shellir on December 22, 2001, at 16:21:53
> I don't know if it is habituating, like other opiates, etc.
Yes, methadone is a full opioid receptor agonist, and it can be really hard to come off of it if you're on a high dose. Withdrawal from methadone can be especially hard because, although withdrawal symptoms don't hit as hard as they do if you're coming off of, say, heroin, they last much longer.
> I have just gotten out of four hospitals, forced by handcuffs when my friend took me to the emergency room and I was sent to a prison-looking hospital in washington, d.c.
A lot of state psychiatric hospitals have that requirement, that patients be restrained while they're being transported there. State hospitals do often get patients who are violent, but I think it's terrible that they insist on treating everybody that way.
> Then I've been at supposedly the best psychiatric hospital in pennsylvania, and I know you'll love this--they told me I need extensive therapy and discharged me.
*sigh* I'm sorry you're having such a time getting decent care, Shelli. People with histories
of abuse or trauma often need talk therapy, but that doesn't mean that they should be deprived of medication. Also, if you've tried lots of different talk therapies without success, you shouldn't be expected to continue regardless of your diagnosis. And nobody should ever be forced or coerced into talk therapy.
You have my best wishes and hopes, as always.