I agree with the fact that no matter how well you do... No matter how many years and how well you are following the rules...The system is designed to fail. I've gotten monthly carries for 15 years. But in the last 5 ears or so the clinic was bought out by a bigger chain. Now I have to do the whole "I'm on probation" call back nonsense a couple of times a week. From the very beginning it's an absolute sham. I don't think they realize how hard it is to call a pointless number twice a week upon penalty of not being given medication. They can't contemplate how easy it would be to forget that now and again. It is, quite literally, designed to make a perfectly compliant person fail.
I wish I hadn't even thought this up. Because there are other stupid things about it:
I travel as much as I can. I'm really thankful that I have my life back and I can do this. It's wonderful. But this year I've been to seattle, Detroit, North Carolina and Georgia, and am going to Europe in a couple months. Each of these times I ahave told the clinic the dates and shown them my itinerary. what do they say to do? Call in anyway, from wherever you are. Really? So now, on vacation, I need to still remember to call a pointless number (or else). Then, if I am told to come in, I have to come in and explain... Even though they already should know! And if I forget, it's as bad as a failed callback. Amazing. I have no idea what's going to happen with europe iuf my phone doesn't work?
Even more annoying is the fact that it doesn't do anything! They tell me the regulations say they have to do it, but I have read them and it actually says they need to have a diversion plan. it does not specify call backs. But logic never works in that world. That's beside the point though. How is this supposed to stop someone from selling their meds? You would just wait until the day after you were supposed to take them, right? So it does not catch people diverting, unless they are really stupid, also. What it does do, however, is catch people who are not dosed properly and need to dip into the following days doses before they are supposed to. If they were paying attention, and have a good program, they should know this sort of stuff before giving someone weekly/ monthly carries.
My last little aggravation is that I offered to cut to two week carries if I wouldn't need to do call backs. But, nope. I'd still call in just as much. For me, I'd rather have something I could actually plan on. It's really difficult to get a morning off of work and drive a two hour+ trip, on any given random Monday or thursday. It puts the life it gave me back in jeopardy. All because it's treated unlike any other prescription in the US. It's preposterous. I've always said that these medications work despite the dispensing programs, not because of it.
I'm sorry for the rant. I must say, that after a couple (a few, maybe?) years of call backs, I haven't had any really horrible outcomes, yyet. Luckily we have cellphones now, so I can schedule myself time to make the calls twice a week. And it's not a crazy number of times they make me go in (although, I think I'm probably due). I know my clinic trusts me as much as any. It's really not their fault. So I don't take it out on them. It can really be a tough job with some of the folks coming through that are having hard times. I've got to say, though... Things like call backs, and other rules that are impossoible to follow, make me realize how nice it would be to be through with all this nonsense. If only it didn't work so well.
End of rant...