June 11, 2014

Why drug and alcohols rehabs do NOT function as a facet of health care.

I have worked in and around medicine since 1990.  I went to work as an EMT II-intermediate right out of college.  I had a background that allowed me to challenge the State EMT test.  I then went to paramedic school 1992/93 while working 48 hours a week on the rig as an EMT II.  I have worked on ground units and have also spent time working as a flight paramedic in the very elite,  small world of air medical rescue.  

I have seen things no human should.  I have also been exposed to a significant number of 911 calls over the years.  I have seen pretty much everything a person can….seen it, heard it and smelled it.  

Mental health emergencies were always my favorite type of 911 calls to respond. It is a no-brainer that I wound up settling into Mental Health and Addiction Medicine.

One thing that baffles me, is the absolute saturation of drug rehabs in So Cal.  There is a lot of money to be made off of people who want nothing more than to save their loved one no matter what.  The affluent have access to treatment and oftentimes treatment is the preferred method of dealing with addiction rather than jail.  Families in their codependency will do whatever it takes and no matter the cost to save their loved one.

Many folks set up “shop” in hopes of trying to give back because they were helped.  Or, they want to open up a sober living with the idea of helping but then they get the taste of making a lot of money AND have a lack of health care background…  they end up selling their souls for a buck.  And some folks simply open up rehabs and sober livings to make really good money

The rehabs that are rolling in the dough $$ spend a fair amount of money on marketing and google search engines.  Go ahead and google rehab or interventions…  there are only a few places that have all the domains.  They get the calls from family in crisis.  They do not triage a call unless the call will go to their facility or one they contracted with for a certain percentage of a fee and because of this, these people lack a solid heath care background WITH ethics and boundaries.  They end up funneling prospects to facilities that they brokered referral fees.  

I never ever got a kick back from any emergency room if I brought patients with good insurance or who have money to their door.  

I took my patients to the hospital of their choice based on NEEDS.  I.E. Trauma or cardiac or burn patients.  

I was put in the path of some friends of mine who have set up a non-profit for the better good.  They see the good in me and I in turn see the good they do for families.

Families in crisis oftentimes are preyed upon by the rehab services they call trying frantically to save their loved one. Many bill themselves as dual diagnosis but most could not be farther from the truth. I work with a non profit that will talk to families without taking a dime. We will help find the most suitable rehab for the client, not to fill bed space in some rehab who’s census is running low. We ARE NOT contracted with any facility.  We are NOT attached to the outcome.

Something to think about….food for thought… this IS why a fair amount of rehabs do not truly function as a facet of health care. 

June 9, 2013

Big things coming in a week

Hold tight……

May 8, 2013
Pickle Juice in Istanbul

Pickle Juice in Istanbul

May 8, 2013
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May 6, 2013   1 note

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals, or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true, I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it is not pretty every day, and if you can source your life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours or mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are, or how you came to be here- I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

May 5, 2013
#awe #inspiring

#awe #inspiring

May 5, 2013   29 notes
awisesageoncesaid:

Social media and the age of instant information has changed society in untold ways.  We’ve become detached and immune to other humans.  We have come to expect instant gratification as a way of life. Take for example the fine art of serial killing, it has been swallowed by information overload, viewer fatigue and short term memory.  Lost are the days when we used to sit with something before we reacted or responded.  Serial killers like Ted Bundy are a thing of the past where patience and methodical planning took years.  We live in different times where rapid mass killings are becoming a way of life.  Social Media has stunted human emotion and thought.  And yet ironically I post.

awisesageoncesaid:

Social media and the age of instant information has changed society in untold ways. We’ve become detached and immune to other humans. We have come to expect instant gratification as a way of life. Take for example the fine art of serial killing, it has been swallowed by information overload, viewer fatigue and short term memory. Lost are the days when we used to sit with something before we reacted or responded. Serial killers like Ted Bundy are a thing of the past where patience and methodical planning took years. We live in different times where rapid mass killings are becoming a way of life. Social Media has stunted human emotion and thought. And yet ironically I post.

May 5, 2013   29 notes
Social media and the age of instant information has changed society in untold ways.  We’ve become detached and immune to other humans.  We have come to expect instant gratification as a way of life. Take for example the fine art of serial killing, it has been swallowed by information overload, viewer fatigue and short term memory.  Lost are the days when we used to sit with something before we reacted or responded.  Serial killers like Ted Bundy are a thing of the past where patience and methodical planning took years.  We live in different times where rapid mass killings are becoming a way of life.  Social Media has stunted human emotion and thought.  And yet ironically I post.

Social media and the age of instant information has changed society in untold ways. We’ve become detached and immune to other humans. We have come to expect instant gratification as a way of life. Take for example the fine art of serial killing, it has been swallowed by information overload, viewer fatigue and short term memory. Lost are the days when we used to sit with something before we reacted or responded. Serial killers like Ted Bundy are a thing of the past where patience and methodical planning took years. We live in different times where rapid mass killings are becoming a way of life. Social Media has stunted human emotion and thought. And yet ironically I post.

May 4, 2013
Sacred Sage

Sacred Sage