People who live in recovery, demonstrate bravery every day when they get out of bed. When they raise their kids. When they go to their jobs. When they give back to the community. But they also live with the fear that their recovery may be fragile, and even the best efforts don't guarantee against a setback.
Sadly a explosive trend in criminal incarceration is happening because peace officers cannot find open beds in state psychiatric facilities. Too often these officers resort to charging the ill with some victim-less charge, as a pretext to detain them for the sake of public safety. That cost to the cities and counties is far higher than a therapeutic solution, and vastly less humane or redemptive of the ill person.
Decades ago, Steve might not have survived to this point. And even if he did, he might have lived in a residential mental hospital for the rest of his days.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...