After sitting through multiple city meetings where residents spoke against a detox facility proposed for their neighborhood, Margate resident, Rick Riccardi, took a stand on the demonization of recovering addicts.
“What does concern me are the things that are said about people in recovery. People who are trying to save their lives and get out of the problem and get into a solution. And they’re talked to as though and talked about like they’re criminals,” Riccardi told commissioners at a recent city meeting.
A recovering alcoholic sober for 21 years, Riccardi made it clear he wasn’t advocating for the proposed detox center, but rather for addicts whose lives are saved through detox.
“These places are where people go to save their lives; people who need help in a building that is a medical building. We put animal hospitals up and nobody gets upset. Why wouldn’t we have a hospital for people dying of alcohol and drug disease?” Riccardi asked.
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