Kossacks are the most generous, helpful, knowledgeable people on the web and I desperately your help and input to get my sister off of drugs. First of all a little background, every addict has their own story, here is my sisters. To protect her, I’m going to give her a false name, Dawn.
Several years ago, Dawn was in a car accident and she hurt her back pretty seriously. She had car insurance, so we just figured they would take care of all of her medical needs. She followed the insurance company’s instructions, and went through therapy, got multiple opinions and even went to see the insurance company’s doctor. When Dawn’s own doctor concluded that she needed to have surgery, the insurance company’s doctor claimed that her injuries were preexisting and therefor the insurance company would not pay for her surgery.
Dawn was in agony, so she used the pain pills prescribed by her doctor. She sued the insurance company and got a small settlement, but it only covered her existing medical bills. There was not enough to pay for the surgery she still needed. Dawn went for years in pain, using pills to just make it through the day. Finally she got to the point where she lost feeling in her left leg due to her injury. Thankfully at that point the local Catholic hospital stepped in and provided her surgery pro bono.
But by that time, it was too late. Dawn was addicted to her pills. She tried several times to get off them, but never quite managed. But she was still a productive member of society. She got married, had kids and kept a job. But eventually her drug use has spiraled out of control. She is now using heroin. She has lost her job, her husband kicked her out and she is sleeping on my couch.
She desperately wants to get clean so that she can return to her children. This is where I need your help. She is visiting a clinic where she is getting treatment. But she has no insurance and the daily medication she needs to take is $10.50 a day, plus she has to undergo periodic blood tests that are $45.00, and she is required to visit the clinic daily and it is 30 miles round-trip from my house. I’ve been paying for her treatment and gas, but I can’t do it much longer. I have enough to cover this week, but I have no idea how I’m going to pay for next week’s treatment.
Does anyone know of any resources in the Portland area that will help pay for her treatment. I’ve looked on the internets, but haven’t been successful. I want my sister to be healthy, but I’m at the breaking point financially. There has to be some type of program for uninsured people, but I just don’t know what it is. Please help. Thank you for listening. I've provided my paypal account just in case someone wants to help my sister.