I was recently shocked to hear of one woman’s battle with a gambling addiction. She had originally approached Vancouver Hypnotherapy for some help, but instead went to her doctor. She was short of money, and felt that working with a solution covered by her government health insurance was the better bet (pardon the pun).
Her doctor referred her to a psychiatrist. She had a four month wait before seeing a psychiatrist, during which her addiction cost her a further $16,000, and the psychiatrist then prescribed antidepressants. Asked how long she would have to take them she was told “We’ll see”.
After two months, with no benefit she returned to the psychiatrist. She was concerned that she felt she was becoming addicted to the antidepressant, but that it was not having any effect on her gambling. His response was to raise the dosage level.
After a further three months she found she had no benefit whatsoever from her prescription, and now had no money whatsoever. Stilla ddicted to gambling she was now also addicted to pharmacy she could barely afford.
Unable to pay for her gambling debts, and already maxed out on all her credit cards, she was banned from the local casinos. Her life began to fall into complete disarray.
In this particular case she overcame the issue herself, through her own fortitude and desperation. She described it as the most degrading experience of her life, and one that was made worse by the complete abdication of any responsibility on the part of the psychiatrist for worsening her position. She subsequently weaned herself off the antidepressants over a period of several months, against her psychiatrists advice.
Her reasoning was simple.
“I went on the antidepressants on the advice of my psychiatrist, because I was addicted to gambling. I now no longer have that addiction. Why would I remain on the antidepressants?”
I would love to be saying we contributed to her recovery from the gambling as we have with many others, but that was not the case. However, the story illustrates the problem many people feel when they reach out to the orthodox medical profession. The facts in this specific case, like many others, are that the proposed solution didn’t help; they claimed it would, and there is no accountability when they failed.
So, what exactly are we paying these people from public funds for?