ABOUT BALMORAL DETOX
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~ September 15, 2020 (LSN) I am the mother of an addicted daughter. It has been a very tough struggle and I continually try to convince her to accept help. Over the past year and a half she has had a few admissions to Detox. Once she has been admitted it is a relief to know she is safe for the time being.
I am the mother of an addicted daughter. It has been a very tough struggle and I continually try to convince her to accept help. Over the past year and a half she has had a few admissions to Detox. Once she has been admitted it is a relief to know she is safe for the time being.
My share here today is to discuss the roadblocks with Detox. Numerous times we have called for admission and they said call at shift change hours before shift change. Once she was discharged from Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in which they made arrangements for her to go to detox and once at Detox 15 minutes later they called me to say she was being discharged due to Covid. Yet Thunder Bay regional didn’t have concerns about Covid.
My addicted daughter went to detox recently. On the third day she was brought toiletry items and upon arrival they discharged her, without explanation. She said it was due to an inappropriate joke she made. I contacted the manager and he didn’t really have any valid concerns and wasn’t specific but stated it was due to Covid. Yet she was there for three days already. She did not know what violations were of concern and no one informed her.
She is a high risk youth requiring one to one intervention. When I called the manager he stated she had enough support and that she would be fine to be discharged. When she came home she already made plans to go back out again and use.
My concern is Who are they to judge what she needs. She went to Detox to have support until she goes to treatment. Bringing her home was not the answer as she is gone again. I now will never know if this attempt would have been successful. She was allowed to be readmitted after 24 hours. That did not happen as her experiences at the facility have been negative and she does not feel welcome.
Is that not their job to deal with someone detoxing? Did they sign up for that when they knew they would be working with difficult people coming off hard drugs?
What is wrong with our system? What is wrong with our Detox? When they throw people out into the streets knowing full well that they have a plan in place and they were supposed to remain in detox until the treatment facility excepted them?
How do we as a society deal with this?
How do we approach this? Someone in violation of Covid restriction because perhaps they didn’t put a mask on immediately...my guess. They are coming off hard drugs and likely have issues of trauma. When workers sign up for this they should understand what they are dealing with. The darkness of addiction can consume the people surrounding them.
So my post brings me to ask how do we tackle this? Are there others that have experienced this? ?
How do we as a community provide a safe supportive environment conducive to needs of victims and survivors that require compassion and security not judgement.
My daughter was discharged twice from detox and now likely has no desire to return as she did not feel supported rather judged and alienated.
She reached out days later and called detox for a bed and their 2 bed female beds were full!
Yes 2 female beds!
Assistance was sought through other helpful service providers in which they were caring, efficient and professional. They were able to secure a bed but now a new requirement was my daughter needed to be medically cleared?
Detox has their own medical staff to assist in the process yet now she has to go sit in emergency to be cleared.
Let me tell you about addicts it is all or nothing. You need to meet them where they are at in the moment. As a parent I feel turned off with the process so I can only imagine how she feels.
The real sad part of this entire situation is that she asked and reached out as a victim of violence, abuse and overall degradation upon her to support her addiction
Where does one truly feel safe to go when they ask for help? Victims need to be heard immediately before the crisis is over.
How does our services promote safety when victims reach out?
How do victims of the streets get clean and safe with detox?
Our community requires a specialized detox to address the unique needs of patients.
Should my daughter decide to get clean where will she safely detox?
I am looking for answers to address the roadblocks in the system
Until then I pray daily that she is safe and hope there are talks of more facilities to address addictions with fresh new faces that want to truly make a difference
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