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Lecture 4

Lecture 4 - Righteous Dopefiend

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Andrea Muehlebach

Lecture 4: Righteous Dopefiend Criminalization Vs. Medicalization - Talk about what are these different appraoches to the Edgewater homeless, and what have we learnt to the people we’ve gotten to know - “I believe that with strong determination and willpower, I could get clean one hundre percent. I think I could do it in twenty-one days. Im going to try my damnedest, Philippe. Let me say that” (Carter) o This citation was used for the chapter of treatment o Self-fulfilling prophecy – o Shows the homeless really do want to get clean, but it is just the situation they are in (factors) are against them) o Authors: the homeless themselves have already internalized the model of healthy (subject that has this strong will to pull themselves up) o He goes to this 21 day detox program o One of the message, yes you need will power, but you cannot do it alone o You could get clean after 21 days, but if everything that follows those days don’t help to stabilize you and don’t keep you there – you’re setting yourself up to fail o Hes always been on the boundary of suicidal (of overdose) o What we see that internalization of one kind of theory of healthy – it is all on you. And we know this is the most difficult way to healing o And if he doesn’t manage, it will be his fault Criminalization vs. medicalization: A Falase binary? - Last chapter: heroin - It looks like criminalization is the opposite of medicalization - A lot of the programs that are already available (not many) are already quite punitive o On hand you treat them as patients, on the other hand you treat them as criminals - A lot of the medical possibilies offered to the homeless are punitive - Many medical services are highly punitive… - ,, with scolding nurses and discriminatory doctors - A methodone program o What does someone have to do to get into this program? o Many of these programs are full profit  they ask for money o We have good evidence of some of the homeless who actually try to save up (since the cost is the problem of gtting into the program) o Some programs only take in patients (or addicts) whom they consier appropriate (whre they would go through testing addmissions where addicts would have to phone everyday for 3 weeks before they are admitted) o On one day, it makes sense where you are showing you really want to do it, you’re reliable and that you are committed o But if you know anything about these homeless, in the morning they are doing anything to get their first fix  if they had the choice to use .25$ and go to the payphone to call (especially in the morning) o It is interesting to choose that time (the morning) - Also, distinctions are mad between deserving and undeserving (risky) patients o Why would that be a distinction to be made? o The way the system operates, some of these medical programs are non-for-profit programs that really rely on funding from donors o A lot of the donors argue that they will give funding’s with NGOs with highest success rate (rated by how many people you can move from addiction to non- addition) o Would you take up a risky patient? Of course not o A problem: these dozens of people are not resolved, because they are risky patients o This is stting institutions up by distinguishing people who are risky or not, and that is setting up a group of people up for failure Law enforcement turmps medical services - A judge mandated that Ben go to a treatment program instead of prison’ Ben however is unable to find a program that will accept him. He know only has three weeks left before he will have to serve a jail sentence (279) o Right before he knows he goes to jail, he goes on a crazy shopping spree o This produces crime rather than inhibits it o He is more inclined; he is shoplifting because he knows he’s going to prison because he couldn’t get into a program o In this case, it produces more crime rather than a form of treatment or healthy - Petey qualified for a program that gave him work as a janitor and housing. But “one strike you’re out” policy. Petey was ecivted for smoking a cigaraetter in his room… o Here, is this going to help solve the problem? o This is a no-go pathway they are proposing - Six months after having been briefly “clean and employed” cater is back in jail for a “dirty urine” parole violation o If you treat someone as chronically ill and sick, that is one of the problems Carter as - Example: A law that has been implaced in the U.S  the right to public housing o If you are a person who d
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