I'm an addict

I detoxed in 2019 through a new start program after battling to get myself help for 17 months of violent self destruction. I am one of the stats of 2019 who did not pass. There were 948 deaths in all of 2019. Through out the pandemic I have been a vocally person to my resources that online supports and pre-recorded nothingness is not an effective solution to the crisis. Zoom chats were much needed in 2020 when isolation was new. But as 2021 turned to 2022 and many services found it easier to go online rather than re-open their doors the crisises has not once gotten better. we are causing this. humility sucks when solutions like an app saves 50 people whereas in person services had saved thousands. I'm an addict. always will be. give me in person services or give me death.

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I agree

Aug 16, 2022 at 2:44pm

Online anything is hollow and when lives are at stake in person is the only thing that works.
At the very least your certain you're not communicating with a bot, well more or less.

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For sure

Aug 16, 2022 at 4:31pm

The thing that struck me about your post is that you provided clear feedback on what works and what doesn’t, and you weren’t heard.

I access community mental health services and find that it's very easy for our suggestions not to be acknowledged or even solicited because we are seen as unreliable narrators rather than valuable contributors that could help to reform the system for the better.

I’m really fucking sorry that you were failed in this way. To VCH and all other parties concerned: listen to this client and re-open in-person services! Show people that their lives matter.

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It’s true

Aug 16, 2022 at 6:11pm

I can’t relate to your specific problem but I can to the whole online only situation. It’s becoming the norm even when it’s not truly necessary anymore. It’s more convenient for the service providers (whatever they might be) to not have to show up in person anymore. Even if you do have a family doctor for example, odds are good that you won’t actually see them unless they have already forced you into a phone or online appointment. Even if they eventually have to physically inspect you because of whatever the issue is, by then they’ve already been able to charge the government for an appointment, right? So of course they’re going to insist on that first. I’ve had doctors call me a full day in advance of my scheduled phone appointment, and at 9:30 at night no less! Just wanting to get it out of the way so they could avoid having to talk to me in the middle of the golf course. We’ve become a distanced society and while it might be good for reducing physical illness it’s not so great for actually being able to connect with another human being. For some people it’s important to have to leave their house in order to get help. I can imagine that it’s much harder for an addict to deny temptation when they’re alone in their own place than it would be if they had to physically show up in front of someone. Sometimes face to face in real life is the only thing that works.

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Too many people are gifted (if that's the right word)

Aug 17, 2022 at 11:32am

with photographic memory and a sense of lame entitlement so that they can cruise through secondary education and get their B.S. academic creds that make them functionaries of the shitstem. But IQ is not EQ (emotional quotient) nor is it SQ (spiritual quotient). Unfortunately there is no easy or immediate fix. Sadly life as we know it will get much worse before the human race smartens up. Buckle up you seat belts and get ready for a rough ride.

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I’m an addict too

Aug 18, 2022 at 9:46am

Though I find the comments from trolls on here more demeaning and heartless for that you don’t need it. Mental health & addiction help is not easy to find especially free help but it is out there. If it gets to the extreme call for help - 311 or 911. You’re not alone

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