January 5, 2006
Steven "Rowdy" Hakes (Director)
Southern Arizona NAMA Chapter
My clinic is one of the best I've heard of and this is just hearing what other patients say. I've been there since 1992 when I started treatment. Thirteen years at the same place!! And I love these people, I even disliked going to 30 day take homes, because I miss seeing them(1). I know very few patients can say that.
So at least in Arizona there are not the serious problems such as access, dose caps, etc. That does not mean that there are not problems and that advocacy is not needed in this state. There is always the need to educate the public and communities about the benefits of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). And patients need help with issues such as employment, family issues, child welfare or health care.
1. Aw --- I didn't really dislike going to the 30 day take homes, but I really do miss talking with the diretor, nurse and other staff.
"Together we can make a difference"
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