I am a professional. I was taken to Hooper over the week-end for being intoxicated in public. Most of the staff were friendly....until the evening/night shift change. At that time, a very rude and abusive overweignt man came in, along with an African American female with spiral curls. They were both unbelievably ill behaved! I would love to complain, but who will take "a drunk" seriously?
Hooper needs specific evidence-based criteria to discharge someone rather than the "you'll stay here until I decide you can leave" sentiment that was voiced more than once. Also, if a spouse or adult family member is willing to come and pick you up and take responsibility for your well-being, why are people kept there under the pretense of being "unable to care for" themself.
I did experience a cell-mate taken to the solitary area for punishment for a very mild humerous event.
I may have been unable to care for myself, but the staff there are no more able to care for this population. I was no more sober when the powers that be decided I was well-behaved enough for a long enough period of time to call a family member to rescue me.
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