To the editor:
I have never been employed by or been inside Crossroads, the Kelowna/Rutland Detox Addiction Centre, nor have I ever been a client or has any member of my family.
However, I feel compelled to write this open letter to the public.
There is no doubt, there are many similar heartfelt stories in our community. This facility needs validation and it’s worth knowing about.
A short while back, I witnessed a middle-aged daughter standing by her dying mother’s bedside as she held her thin, feeble, overworked mother’s hands.
The daughter, then turned to a few of us and openly admitted that she had not been a good daughter, nor had she been there for her parents.
She sadly admitted that drugs and liquor had taken priority for her.
She named names of staff that helped her at the detox unit and proudly stated: “If it wasn’t for them, I’d be dead and perhaps I’d of taken others with me.”
After a courageous fight and numerous failiures, she was clean and had been that way for a while.
Her battle with her demons had ended and her mom passed peacefully in her loving arms.
The genuine comfort that was given to this old lady was priceless, thanks to the help and support from the detox unit.
I also know of a family man, well educated and in a position of authority with happy employees.
The family had it all, or so it seemed. However this gentleman began drinking liquor at work, from his so-called coffee cup, in his car, in the garage, anywhere he felt hidden and safe from other people’s eyes.
Eventually, hard liquor manifested into drugs.
His productivity at home and at the office was reduced. His three teenage children were displaying failure as well.
After years of hardship, this man checked into the Crossroads Treatment Centre.
The road back wasn’t without pain for his spouse and children, however, when help was offered, there was victory.
It now appears that the family bond is stronger and firmly in place. I do believe there is a grandchild on the way come spring. It’s wonderful to think this child will be welcomed into a complete family.
We so unexpectedly and readily meet individuals along our life’s journeys that are in need, and when positive endings are recognized, it’s a good thing.
When I heard that Crossroads was to be closed, I was shocked and in disbelief. This decision is an extremely poor and scary one.
This is not a matter of funding. This is a matter of life and death for the young and old, rich and poor.
Where is the common sense? Are we over-civilized, or are “the powers that be” unaware of Kelowna’s need and overwhelming impact that will be eventually felt in our area with the closure of Crossroads?
If this detox unit is closed, stand back for the fallout. Many people will be on the streets, getting deeper and deeper into their whirlpool of need.
Are you willing to welcome someone into your home at 3 a.m. who has been knocking on your door or sleeping in your foyer? The police or the hospital don’t have the time to deal with this.
Please note Interior Health, it’s simple—there are allotted dollars for diabetic counselling, weight management, baby clinics, etc. Are addicted people worth less than that consideration?
M. L. Peters,