Help, but don't enable

There is much dissent about the new “wet” facilities being constructed in Kelowna.

The puzzling part of this new Journey Home program seems to be that it is in direct conflict with the previous Four Pillars approach. 

The Four Pillars consist of prevention, harm reduction, enforcement and treatment. 

Enabling is a major part of the treatment. Do not enable an addict. 

Addictions are brain disorders, and in most cases, people with addictions are simply incapable of modulating their use. When they have access to drugs, they take them, and they take all of them. This isn’t a celebration; it’s a sickness.

Stopping the enabling cycle means respecting that addiction is a sickness and refusing to participate in it.

These new wet facilities enable the user by providing a place to shoot up as many times a day as they feel like it. 

For other members of society, it is not permitted to smoke a legal tobacco cigarette in government buildings, an appropriate rule.  The Journey Home program allows the use of illegal substances in a government-funded facility. 

We taxpayers are unwillingly supporting this idiocy. Council should reconsider this plan and make this program a dry facility. There is no opposition to this. 

Willing to help, but not enable. 

Joanna Blacklock

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