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Re: “Love in Court

I was a client at LIA for the 30-day residential program in March, 2005. I was not dealing with gender identity issues, rather, I was struggling with severe depression and thoughts of suicide resulting from sexual abuse I'd experienced as a child and adolescent. My experience at LIA was nothing but positive. But I would have to agree that it is a ministerial, para-church organization. I am now on the anti-depressant Paxil-CR, but no mention was ever made by my staffworker to be medicated, even though I queried them about my possible need for anti-depressants. I also observed another client request a prescription for medication; instead she was offered validation for the anxiety she was experiencing and a reasonable explanation for her mental fugue. Meds were a secondary option. Drug therapy, therefore, in my experience is not a required or routine methodolgy observed at LIA. Instead, for me, it afforded me the opportunity to be honest for the first time in my life-- with myself and with others. My 30 days there were a springboard for my recovery, and I am thankful for the opportunity. I am sorry for others who may be deprived of the hope this ministry offers because of the state's injunctions.

Posted by Amanda on 10/27/2006 at 12:09 AM


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