"No help for people suffering drug addiction"
About: Totnes Hospital Totnes Hospital TQ9 5GH
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Do not attend Totnes Community Hospital if you are wanting to receive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for depression and anxiety etc whilst also suffering with drug addiction. I had been advised by my Key Worker (Drug worker) and GP to try CBT, and after reading information on how CBT can help with depression, anxiety, stress...plus all types of addiction, I booked an appointment and was looking forward to receiving help as my depression had been getting rather severe and I was feeling completely hopeless. However, it was made very apparent by the therapist after my assessment that they had no interest in helping me at all. The reason, which was made very clear, was because 'I am on a methadone programme', and it isn't in their policy to help people who suffer from addiction (drug addiction anyway) but I could return for help when I complete my methadone programme (which could take years). I had never felt so stereotyped or discriminated against in all my life. I am a sensitive person and the whole experience, especially after speaking of my childhood abuse, left me feeling extremely rejected and tearful to the point of being suicidal. It seems society still has a long way to go before the stigma that goes along with drug addiction can be removed, even amongst professional therapists. Fortunately not everybody shares the same policy or opinions as Totnes Community Hospitals CBT service for I have found and contacted a different CBT service based in Torquay who are more than happy to help me with my problems and are very shocked at the way I have been treated. I can only hope that in the future these types of services will not ostracise addicts and become more tolerant and understanding of people who suffer with substance abuse, so they can ask for the help they need and deserve without fear of discrimination.