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  • choosen One
    December 20, 2013 - 16:02

    Go to church get a good pastor believe in Jesus the only way out

    • Alli
      December 23, 2013 - 13:15

      Really? Does that cure cancer as well?

  • Aurelian
    December 20, 2013 - 13:24

    I don't mean to sound harsh but the reality is the system rarely works well for any number of reasons,some amenable to amelioration,some not.Best advise I ever got was from a crusty old neighbour with a limited education who gave his advice free of charge:"Life is hard so you have to be harder;Quit your crying and get on with it as best you can." I believe he was a war veteran.

  • Wild Rose
    December 20, 2013 - 08:09

    Well boo hoo. Shouldnt addicts be in prison where they belong instead of sucking our taxdollars?

    • david
      December 20, 2013 - 09:06

      Do you know who pays for prisons?

    • Taylor
      December 20, 2013 - 09:25

      For one, your "taxdollars" are used for prison as well - so either way, I guess they are being "sucked" That said, how would your response work for an 8 year old, who is only on an addicting medication BECAUSE the doctors that are treating that child think thats the only thing that can help? If the only treatment available for an illness, is an addictive drug, who is responsible? The person taking the drug, or the person prescribing the drug? If the person taking the drug feels better and lives better, when taking it - it would make sense they would want to take more to feel better for longer periods of time. YES in some cases, addicts become addicts because they went out and located the drugs themselves and abused them. However, children at 8-10-15 who are placed on mind altering drugs by professionals, so they can sit still in school, listen attentively and be socially active, are they addicts that need to be in prison? These child medications (Risperadol, Zoloft, Clondine, Ritalin etc) they are all additive. To remove a person from them, it is lowering the dose once every four days! To "wean" them off. These children can grow up to be adults (20s, 30s etc) who are suffering PTSD, or bi-order, etc? Wild Rose, I am not saying that "bad guys don't belong in prison" - what I am saying is "sick people, including some addicts, don't." Signed Taylor - mom to an 8 year old, diagnosed high anxiety, sensory processing and currently starting "medication" tomorrow. AKA - worried for our son

    • Beverley
      December 21, 2013 - 11:40

      Addicts should not be sent to prison, they have an illness just like someone who has diabetes etc. They need to get professional help. Most people think of addicts as down and out people, but addicts comes in all walks of life whether a doctor , lawyer or maybe even a neighbor. They struggle with everyday issues and find it increasing hard to stop the addiction. Your comments shows how little you understand about these problems and sending them to prison is definitely not going to work, most oiled do anything to get their life back to pre addiction days.

  • Taylor
    December 20, 2013 - 08:03

    My son is 8, on November 5th we went to the Janeway after a violent episode at school. The emergency room doctor told me that she will send a referral to psych for him to be seen. He lashes out, he doesn't remember what happened, he is scared almost all the time. At 8 years old he worries about driving on the highway, being outside the safety of his home, he is nervous when my husband and I go to work or are out of his sight. I called to inquire about the referral after 2 weeks, they hadn't recieved the information was the first response. When I provided details on the date, time and doctor they said they would look again. Two days later I got a call from Development saying that he was referred there, I said yes but the psych referrel was ON TOP of the Developmental referrel we got 13 months ago. They called back a third time, apologized for their earlier error and said that we would recieve a call from intake to get his information. We still have not gotten this call. His emergency room visit was November 5th. This is NOT good enough for our children. Time is wasted on wait lists for help, development time, social time, educational time! The average waitlist for development consultation is 14 months! Think about 14months of a childs life......are we REALLY doing enough??

  • Linda
    December 20, 2013 - 06:59

    If you have not found the help you need here in the Province - ask your doctor to be referred to Homewood in Guelph. You pay the airfare.They refer more people than they want to admit and it is the BEST facility around. After all if we can't get the help we need here that is their only option.

    • AM
      December 20, 2013 - 07:59

      Thanks for that information. I have a brother who has similar problems. He's been abusing both of my parents for just over 20 years now, he's 35. He has various problems with heavy drugs, stealing, violent behaviour, etc. He's been in and out of jail and rehab centres here since he's 14 but is just getting worse. I will definitely be offering to pay his airfare to this facility, I would give up everything I own to see him stop beating my parents for their money to buy drugs and everything else that I can't even talk about.