LETTER: Taking responsibility for choices key to rehabilitation

One reader believes helping people ingest harmful substances is not a path to success

Re: Safe injection sites only one piece of treatment puzzle (Letters, Dec. 14)

In advocating detoxification and rehabilitation for addicts, Melissa Wolfe makes the claim that addiction is not a choice.

Addiction and other destructive behaviours come from lack of ability to apply good thinking skills to make wise choices and create sound values for life.

Note that many people stop their addiction themselves – they come to the realization they can’t go on living the way they have, and will change how they care for themselves.

Indeed, psychologist Michael Hurd and others have pointed out that Alcoholics Anonymous has a poor success rate, and is not a lasting cure because it avoids making the individual responsible for their own life.

The compassion that Ms. Wolfe advocates has to be “tough love” to get many individuals to change.

Helping people ingest harmful substances – the lie of the “safe injection” sites scheme – is not a path to success.

Keith Sketchley

Saanich

Just Posted

Horse carriage supporters to rally outside city hall

Owner of carriage company plans rally in response to Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion

UVic science and engineering research gets $18.8 million federal funding boost

Funding for engineering, science, sustainability research

Victoria woman competing for role as Maxim cover model

Winning model gets featured spread in magazine, cash price

Songbirds return to their roost in the West Shore

Tips, such as keeping roaming cats from ruffling any feathers, can attract more birds

VIDEO: Fun without sun: Hundreds enjoy Family Fest on Victoria Day

Families enjoy activities in Veterans Memorial Park

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Christmas morning burglar sentenced on Vancouver Island

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, sentenced to 240 days in jail for Dec. 25 break-and-enter

So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Ontario man searching for fellow he travelled with in Europe 50 years ago

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Most Read