GUEST VIEW: Clinics' 'Red Tape' Not the Problem
The following comment was prompted in response to “GUEST VIEW: Clinics' 'red tape' not the problem” – by Delia Brennan, 20 Feb 2010, SouthCoastToday.com
Regarding the stated practice: "[Methadone maintenance patients] will be disciplined through a series of contracts, but not discharged. If, for instance, a client has multiple positive drug screens, and misses counseling and groups regularly, then perhaps a discharge hearing will occur." Can one imagine anything remotely similar for clinics treating diabetics, in response to blood sugar levels remaining out of control, patients failing to keep appointments with nutritionist, patients seen eating a Twinkie outside the clinic . . . .? The fact that a patient continues to come to the methadone clinic clearly indicates a need and desire for help. Discharge can mean death.
Clinics with such practices would do well to consider AA and its approach to alcoholics... AA NEVER denies access to those who "slip," who are inconsistent with meeting attendance, etc.