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Hi everyone glad to be here again. On April 29, 2015, I voluntarily entered a detox/rehab facility, hoping for help with my ever worsening addiction to the painkiller Vicodin. Upon discharge, and full of hope, I returned home, with my Aftercare program which I was to follow up on the next day according to my doctor’s and counselor’s instructions.Upon phoning the facility called ARS., I was upset to find that there was no appointment set up for the following day by my counselor to continue with my treatment maintenance ( I was given subutex in for the opiate withdraw period.) I then requested an appointment, explaining my circumstances and asking the receptionist to check her records as my counselor told me she had been in touch with said facility and sent my health and physical records by fax, according to ARS requirements for entering their Methadone Maintenance Program.Then the receptionist told me that they didn’t have any openings until 5 days from now. I panicked, unfortunately, afraid of the withdraw that was sure to come, knowing I would never be able to bear it on my own. The receptionist suggested calling their other office to see if there were any appointments there. Again, unfortunately for me I let my panic and fear escalate into a full blown crying episode while on the phone with the receptionist. I’m sure this mistake was one reason why, when I went to the other clinic the following day, having travelled by Access Link (transportation for people with disabilities), I was turned away. The reason for this as was explained to me by a worker in the ARS office , was that my counselor from detox, told their facility that she didn’t recommend that I be accepted into their Methadone Maintenance Program because I was taking Xanax. I was tapered and detoxed off from Xanax even though I was legitimately prescribed it for Generalized Anxiety Disorder with Panic and did not abuse it, I was willing to discontinue the medication if it was a requirement for acceptance into their program and Methodone Maintainance Program. I asked the woman at the clinic to do a blood and urine test to prove I had no benzodiazepines in my system and she refused. I then asked her to phone the doctor who treated me at detox, but she refused to listen to me because I was panicked, scared, and couldn’t understand why my counselor would lie about my condition.The reasons for my own and the doctor’s recommendation for Methadone Maintenance for my recurring opiate problem was due to the fact that Suboxone made my ankles swell and caused edema in my ankles and feet. This condition put me in the hospital with cellulitis not long before, where I was given IV antibiotics then sent home with a strong antibiotic prescription.Currently, I am on Social Security Disability since 1998 for Major Depression and Generalized Anxiety disorder. In 2006 after 8 hours of testing I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (inattentive type) taking Dexedrine spansule 10mg. 2 times daily for my condition. I was detoxed from Dexedrine spansules willingly even though my addiction was to opiates only, I understood their policy regarding narcotics and didn’t complain.I believe I would have committed suicide if not for the love and support of my family, which has gotten me through this hellish experience so far. Last Wednesday, I went to see my regular psychiatrist (who I think didn't believe me either), who set me up with an appointment for an addiction acessment for another aftercare program (methodone maintainance I hope) this coming Monday. Should I report the detox facility? Any advice or guidance would be gratefully accepted. Thanks.