METHod to the madness? –
JULY 28, 2020 – For alcohol dependency, medical intervention may be necessary. Detoxing from alcohol is dangerous and may require a trip to the hospital. Opiates may require treatment that involves medical evaluation, medication and ongoing oversight and counseling.
For those abusing meth, opiates or alcohol, they all have some things in common. They all require a stable, sober living environment to have a chance at being successful. A person must be able to rest, eat and hydrate. They must have counseling and case management, and these activities must all be a part of one seamless effort. This cannot be done effectively or entirely in 6 to 12 hours.
When we invest correctly as a community, we can help our neighbors. The SURE program doesn’t go far enough. If the city of Sacramento is going to get into the business of assisting people in finding sobriety, let’s do it right. Provide robust treatment options, provide housing and make it voluntary.