Sunday, March 2, 2008

Homelessness and Addiction

I was thinking about this after listening to Fresh Air on Tuesday on WCPN featuring a meth addict and his dad. David Sheff and his son Nic each wrote books about their experiences. I understand "tough love" and all that, but it does not seem to work. Addictive personalities must hit bottom and lose everything in order to get help.

http://clevelandhomeless.blogspot.com

Kevin, The Homeless Guy, Barbieux is advocating for alcohol to be illegal to known alcoholics.  Again, this serves to show his ignorance of addictions as it relates to homelessness and people in general.  He continually talks out his ass, but will allow no recourse on his blog.  I posted the above to his blog comments a moment ago after a very limited cursory search of homeless blogs.  He will not publish the comment, though.  Shame on him and shame on the continued gilding of the public when it comes to issues surrounding the homeless.  This is why he is sleeping in the shelters instead of running them with his "vast knowledge of homelessness."

3 comments:

Berryvox said...

Uh, what are the cashiers/bartenders/waiters supposed to do? Scan a database everytime somebody buys alcohol?

justLacey said...

No, just make alcohol illegal period. Cigarettes, cigars, etc. too. Certainly if pot is illegal then alcohol should be as well.

forsythia said...

Kevin is a blowhard. If a nutcase can slip through the net and buy a gun, as happened last spring at Virginia Tech . . . . . .

His idea isn't even practicial. As an alcoholic dear to me once pointed out, he or she often looks great after a drink or two. The trouble starts when the glow of the first few drinks starts to wear off...