Lots of rules are not always enforced. Regulating alcoholic derelicts can be impossible. I read the arrest log. Its the same names over and over. If you drive them out of the park, then they go to the retail areas. This causes even more of a problem.
The worst of them aren't scared of cops. Tickets and warrants mean nothing to them. They like being in jail. The only thing which bothers them is when a cop can catch them and makes them pour out their beer.
These people were designated at an early age as the family black sheep. But very rarely can someone see and understand this. They just feel it. So they drink and use. And yes they are susceptible to further abuse from all the doctrines which turn it into personal pathology.
The young parks worker who I've tried to convince not to take the belligerence personally, was himself raised by a single mother. I think he is the better for it. His life is not overly shaped by being used as a marital pawn. Instead of using her son, his mother opted for divorce or just for staying single. He grew up in a time when this was more common. He grew up less well off than most of the older alcoholics he is having problems with.
Of one belligerant I tried to help him to see what was going on so that he wouldn't take it pesonally. As he put it, "Yes I can see that with the parents well off and still married that they would be putting up a united front." It is a front of denial and condemnation of their son.
What I always say is that someone who has been treated with dignity and respect and given the chance to develop and apply their abilities is not likely to become a substance addict.
Today an alcoholic derelict who I have a high regard for collapsed in a seizure or black out. He hit his head and saliva was running out of his mouth as he went through convulsions. He is killing himself.
Yes, he gets locked in jail a few times per year. He loves it in there. When he gets out he is chipper. It takes about a month for his drinking to get up to his prior level.
The only thing which could somehow change the direction he is headed would be if he could come to see how he was used, exploited, and violated, and if he could become involved in the struggle for justice.
Those doctrines which cast it as personal pathology and moral defect are most certainly part of the problem and not part of the solution
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