Treatment needed more than shelter

OlympiaApril 16, 2014 

There is something that the warm-hearted advocates of a low-barrier shelter just don’t get. An addict’s addiction demands that they get money for their next fix any way that they possibly can, and unfortunately too much of the time it’s called crime.

Rather than offering an addict a dry bed, maybe a bite of food, and some counselors’ warm words of wisdom, it would be far better for the addict to be offered a bed in a residential treatment program to help them get off the stuff that they know is destroying their lives. A low-barrier shelter is just another enabler to an addict and another source of crime for a community.

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