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Trails and drunks.
By Patti Fay Hickox


April 21, 2010

Where are they going so fast? We only have about 30 miles of road. "What's the hurry, what is everybody hurrying for." Drivers do not stop for people in crosswalks. Remember when most of us walked and smiled and waved at the people going by in cars. People slowed down to wave at their neighbors. I came to Alaska to get out of the cities and a fast pace of life. Now Alaska is moving faster. Everybody going so fast they have no time for their neighbors.

You know the drunks in the woods are very meek and mild. They are more scared of you than your are of them. As a former drunk I say if we don't have the help for these people what are they to do? "Die." The Wellness Coalition , has provided a safe place in the day for the people of our streets, and the Salvation Army has been feeding them for years. My old treatment directer said, "A person on the street is having a heart attack, and people run to help him. A person is laying on the street drunk and people go around them. We need to pick them up and provide food and a clean bed to sleep in and the wonder of recovery. No one really wants to live that way.

Alcoholism and drug addiction is a disease and we need to be providing treatment. Teach the children about compassion for these harmless people. And just say, "Stop it" when they talk bad on the trails. They will stop and move away, if they can. They are not aggressive. They are sad, sick people.

You should have seen it when the bars stayed open to 5 AM. A 6 pack of beer at Whale Park and back into the bars at 8 AM. Or St. Paddy's Day at the Shamrock bar. Free Irish whiskey all day.

Patti Fay Hickox
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Patti Fay, long time resident of Alaska. 22 years sober on the 3rd of July. 25 years drunk. Someday I will be even. 25 years sober and 25 years drunk. 18 years drunk in this town. Thank God for long-term treatment."

Received April 17, 2010 - Published April 21, 2010


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