Pubdate: Wed, 07 Feb 2001
Source: Auburn Journal (CA)
Copyright: 2001 Auburn Journal
Contact:  1030 High St., Auburn, CA 95603
Author: J. Steve Bennett


This is not the first time I have read about neighbors concerned about a 
drug or alcohol abuse treatment facility moving in. Don't try to kid 
yourselves - it is a fact that all neighborhoods have a number of junkies 
and alcoholics living in them. Many more move through neighborhoods during 
the normal course of their lives. These are active addicts that have not 
yet sought treatment or care.

Why is it that when these people turn their lives around and try to do 
something about their past behavior that they now become a menace to be 
feared? Personally, I'd be more concerned about the active alcoholics on 
their way to the local minimart for more beer than about the recovering 
addicts who recognize their problems and are taking steps to correct 
themselves. At least you know who and where they are.

J. Steve Bennett, Newcastle
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