- One conversation was about the power of sin and Jesus' death and resurrection.
- Another was about the possibility of getting two different people into a specific detox center.
- Another conversation was with a newcomer to this community although not new to the streets. She was, from a suburban perspective, beautifully dressed in her Sunday best, as she was returning exhausted from her long day of 'dates.'
- In another conversation, arrangements were being made to help a resident get to an important medical appointment.
- One woman told us that the next morning, she was going to detox. Please pray for her.
As I come to know these fine people, they share with me more of their personal and sensitive stories. Their collective story is what I am trying to share with you as my way of breaking the stereotypical beliefs that exist. "Blog names" have occasionally been given to me by the person whose story I am telling. Names are never their actual names and wherever I can do so, I might use the opposite pronoun (his/her, etc.) just to help increase their privacy.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Being an outcast in so many social settings when balanced by my ever developing Faith has produced in me a sensitivity and Hope that I try to tap into as I relate to addicted and homeless people who are among the most outcast people of our society.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
- Overdose: This is the most obvious way people die from their addiction. I don't need to tell you of the pandemic we are in.
- Medical Condition: Life on the streets is hard on the body in ways that are secondary to the addiction itself. Pneumonia, diabetes, epilepsy, wound infections and more are examples of how people die on the streets or in local hospitals. "Terri" was the first person I knew who died as a result related to her addiction and it was due to a medical condition brought on by living outside under a damp bridge through the winter.
- Violence: I was introduced to this way to die forever just last week when I learned of the rape and murder of a woman who I had met 24 hours earlier. The next day, she was on a 'date' and never came home. See the section heading "In Memoriam" in this blog carrying the same title.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
and when they are older, they will not leave it.
- One may have been a star athlete in high school until that sports injury in 11th grade until she was given a Percocet prescription.
- One may have been raised by her Christian grandparents after having been abused as a younger child where she subliminally learned to numb her emotional pain as she watched her alcoholic father do the same basic thing before he died in front of her when he fell down the steps in a drunken stupor.
- One may have been well on her way through Med school until an unspeakable tragedy claimed the normalcy of her life.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Monday, March 19, 2018
"Narcan: 4 Heroin: 0"
"I Met a Neighbor"
and Two More True Stories
from Sunday, March 18, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
So many of these people hold within their intelligent minds and broken hearts the solutions to this plague of dysfunctional healing in the world of addiction recovery. It's way past time for all of us who care to sit on the sidewalks, to listen and to act on the recommendations of these men and women. They are the "customers" in need of service. Listen to them and find out how to solve the problem of provision of services to the addicted people of our city, state and nation. Only then can we hope to see them move en mass into a new and reestablished healthy life.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018