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Young Man Attempts Suicide After Clinic Replaces His Medication With Bible Study

By 5-HT2A, May 11, 2016 | | |
  1. 5-HT2A
    Alex Jacobsen, 26, took a box knife to his neck at a faith-based treatment center in Iowa, “slicing his neck and throat again and again” ten days after he forfeited the use of his medication in accordance with the rules of the program.

    Jacobsen had been battling depression and anxiety for years, going in and out of various treatment centers and trying a revolving door of different medications with no apparent success.

    Desperate, he checked himself into a free discipleship program called Dream Center, operated by two Assembly of God pastors whose goal is to tackle mental illnesses with the power of “prayer, Scripture memorization and developing a closer relationship with God,” according to the program materials.

    The program also requires participants to “withdraw from any and all substance dependence voluntarily and without the use of medication.” Jacobsen immediately stopped taking his prescription of Klonopin to conform to the program’s rules and replaced them with amino acids and GABA supplements, in addition to Bible study.

    Rev. Nick Hanges, whose only credentials are an online certification from the International Institute of Faith-Based Counseling to be a “Christian counselor,” required Jacobsen to sign a form upon checking into the clinic, which released the counselors of “any liability whatsoever arising as a result of death, injury or illness.”

    Jacobsen tried to express his concerns about getting off of his prescription drugs to Rev. Hanges, who replied “Don’t back out of this again, man… Trust me. This is what you need to do and you know that. I will help you get off the medications.”

    Days into the program, Jacobsen said he “wasn’t feeling right and was suicidal.” Hanges said these feelings were temporary.

    Less than two weeks into the program, Jacobsen attempted suicide in the clinic’s bathroom with a box cutter he found on a cart. While he was fortunately found and treated in time, “Five minutes more and he would have died,” according to paramedics.

    Medical professionals told Jacobsen’s family that suddenly quitting his medications could have killed him. The Society for the Study of Addiction lists withdrawal symptoms from Klonopins, a medication used to combat both anxiety and seizures, as insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, psychosis and suicidal thoughts. Jacobsen exhibited all of these behaviors leading up to his suicide attempt, but Rev. Hanges either ignored them or wasn’t properly trained to respond to them.

    Jacobsen’s father blames the clinic, but also the state of Iowa for allowing these kind of clinics to get around state laws that would otherwise forbid them from operating without a proper license.

    “They do not have the medical or psychological training to do what they’re doing,” Jacobsen’s father said. “If the state doesn’t require some sort of oversight, this will happen to other families.”

    by Nathan Wellman

    May 10, 2016



  1. prescriptionperil
    Jesus, (umm, bad pun) I hope this hellhole of a treatment center gets a big fat lawsuit. This sends mental health treatment back into the dark ages.
  2. broken prophet
    bloody hell 'yeah you'll do fibne no medication for A MEDICAL CONDITION here have a bibble...i hope someone gets tried for MANSLAUGHTER with an added charge on INSTITUTIONAL TORTURE and MEDICAL NEGLECT
  3. broken prophet
    i would like to delete as the guy survived but this happened to me, go with me if you will if this had KILLED the patient as it EASILY could have:

    clonazepam withdrawal had me vomit close to my own body weight projectile EVERY ORIFICE, grand mal seizures and forgot half a year, i woke up to terrifying hell scape of utter brutal hell for months, no one has seen these kinds of deaths of HELL visions of wasps, people torturing, brainwashing, raping, spreading rumours, delusions i was locked in a torture chamber and thought the food was drugged, the brain damage has left me with life long intermittent psychosis i was just about saved and kept alive when the police found me near DOA in a field in the countryside, i only pulled through due to a mizazolam drip

    this is basic medicine benzodiazipine withdrawal can be and quite often it LETHAL they subjected him to mortal danger, when a public official chooses to do something this a high degree of fatalite to a citizen in their care it can be classed as 'Depraved heart murder'

    right now any court with any sense (undermy hypothetical 'what if scenario )these people should be looking at:
    *depraved heart murder/1st degree murder (they planned to stop his medication by conspiracy)
    *conspiracy to murder
    *medical negligence

    IF religious guidance is requested it should be done so with medical safety in place, pastors have no authority to make medical suggestions and should be [prosecuted for attempting to convince some one, possibly very suggestible and suicidal in HOSPITAL to go against medical advice
  4. Name goes here
    For lots of people, the religious route works fantastic for recovery. With that said, if the underlying issue is a mental disorder, disregarding medication for scripture is like putting the box cutter in the addicts hand. Under no circumstances should any place offering recovery be allowed to operate without trained medical staff watching over the user. The practice of soley using religion to fix a medical issue is outdated and a liability.
  5. ladywolf2012
    The practice of using religion solely to try to fix a medical issue is more than outdated: it is appalling and is a criminal act. I already loathe organized religion, and this just confirms that it can go WAY past the boundaries of acceptable, into murderous!
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