“In now way do we want to contribute to society. We don’t want to work, we don’t want to be responsible. All we want is to free to remain homeless, continue to do the drugs and overconsumption of alcohol of our choice and depend on society to provide it. We have rights too you know”
Unfortunately this is the deep seeded feelings of the people living in the world of homelessness. As compassionate people most of us want to make a difference and reach out and help our fellow citizens who have fallen. How in the world do you help someone who doesn’t want to be helped? Here on the West Coast of America the problem is growing and it seems that their really is no answer that makes too much sense. So we continue to feed their habits and lifestyle and just hope that one day we are not a victim of many of the crimes they commit to feed their habits and lifestyle?
Drug addiction is a disease that can be treated only when the individual decides that enough is enough and seeks help. Mental Illness has been moved from the institutions to the streets of downtown. Violence is the reaction of desperate people who are trying to get their needs met.
We would certainly not tolerate the threat of another country’s invasion of our way of life, yet we are tolerant our own people who become a threat to our way of lives in our very own neighborhoods.
Bad things happen in this world of ours and many end up reaching bottom financially. They seek something better and usually find the help they need. We are a giving people. Charities develop things like temporary housing and help people find a job. It happens each day. They help the homeless.
The problem is where the line is drawn between homelessness and lawlessness. Homelessness has a cure where lawlessness does not. The drug itself can be overwhelming and most will never find their way out of feeding their addictions. Without intervention we will only continue to wait for the day that we are personally robbed, our house is broken into or our car is stolen.
This frustrates me each day as I know the answer to beginning to address this issue. As I have worked behind the walls of a prison I can’t count the thousands of people who explained to me that if it weren’t for them getting locked up they would probably be dead from drugs. It is only when someone is removed from their current lifestyle of addiction that healing can begin. The drug has to be replaced with hope. Where their is no hope there will be no recovery.
Many organizations insist that an outreach program is the answer. I disagree. As long as their is the possibility to attain the drug most will find a way. No, we need to create a mandatory three year program of isolation from the drug. A positive program that replaces the pleasures of drugs with the pleasures of working and learning. Some of the best drug counselors we have are those who have lived the nightmare itself. We have the opportunity to help those in need become the one’s who teaches others of the tragedy of being addicted.
As for the mental health issues walking the streets I need not address this issue to closely as I simply feel that our country has turned their backs on them. We decided that institutions where cruel, but I ask you how much more cruelty is involved in sending an ill person out into the world without proper guidance. Pick the homeless camp of your choice anywhere across America and you will always find a few who suffer from mental illness and end up the victims of both physical and sexual abuse from those who suffer from drug addiction.
When people with addictions scream out that they have the right to live homeless it pretty much the same as them saying “I have no choice, I have to feed this addiction”. I don’t know anyone in the right frame of mind who doesn’t seek better for themselves. It is only natural to find ways of making our lives a little better.
The problem is that their is not a solution. The real problem is that the real solution is expensive.
Blood Sugar- 99, Weight- 190.2
I ended up not working out today as I felt I needed a day off. This is OK and I will pick up where I left off tomorrow. Sometimes the body needs what the body needs.