Why not the alcoholic?
Would this be something new? I think it would. I don't believe we have places where the alcoholic can go on a permanent basis. No such safe-haven. No such service. Let's innovate and add them to our society.
Now, some would be offended to even hear that a "safe-haven" would be provided to alcoholics. They would say that the alcoholic got him or herself into this, and they need to be responsible for their actions rather than being rewarded for them, rather than being given a free place to live the rest of their lives.
But, am I advocating a free place? Read on.
I have seen more than one person go into the Volunteers of America treatment center, then come out and return right back to drinking. Permanent solutions might require permanent care. No, not every situation would require permanent care. There are times when the alcoholic would be released, either because he was choosing to, or because he was healthy enough to leave.
But, leaving him or her there for life? That would come at tremendous cost. My thought, though, is that we not give them something for free, whenever we can avoid it. For the most part, and maybe for the all part, they can work. Whether we place them in community jobs during the day and have them return to the center at night, or whether we have jobs for them right in the treatment centers, let them work.
If they are working and paying for their own way, the objection to providing them a free ride is lost. So, I say create these permanent alcohol life homes, life treatment centers.
More. Didn't finish writing. Will not finish now, either, but will get a titch more in. maybe go down and read the first part of the email before reading this.
In the little time I am catching him awake, hope I am being pleasant and accepting. I continue to think being loving is a must.
When he got out, he suggested you can only stay at VOA for a certain time, perhaps two weeks. Then, you must leave but you can come back again. I couldn't help but thinking, it seemed like a recipe for recidivism. Go, but if you get drunk again, you can come back? Maybe I don't understand the policy.
Brent and Carolyn, today, while sitting in church at the Sandy Rehabilitation Center, I thought how the alcoholics need some place permanent they can go to, same as the people coming to the Rehab center often need permanancy. Some of them come to rehab for just days and some of them come to live there the rest of their lives, because they need it. It is no different with the alcoholic. Some need treatment that might last but days or weeks, but others need lifelong care. (I will confess, I am thinking about deleting this part of the message to you, as I don't know you would agree with what I am saying.) When Bevan first moved in, it occurred to me alcoholism is a disability. It is more than what we make it out to be. It is a disability. Oft-times, then, it must be treated as disability. When a person gets other disabilities, they often are placed in permanent centers, such as Sandy Rehab. I don't no whether society has such a center for alcoholics, though. I think they are all treat-and-release centers. Maybe everyone who is drunk can be released at some point. I am not sure they need to stay there for life, or even long term. I only see that Bevan might have been released too quickly, and I can see there might be a need for some patients to need long-term or rest-of-life care.
Bevan just came out to talk. I ask him about his slipping back into drinking and whether he will be able to slip right back out of it, and he said it is complicated and is a process to overcome. I agreed. Bless him, bless him.