Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nadia Lockyer Deserves a Chance to Get Well

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Watching the train wreck that is Nadia Lockyer’s life has been difficult. The Alameda County supervisor is now in drug-and-alcohol rehab after a bizarre incident in which she says she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend at a Newark motel. She had been looking frail for months. And it’s come out that she took her eight-year-old son to the late-night rendezvous with her ex. Then the Chron reported last weekend, citing anonymous sources, that Lockyer’s ex has a sex video of her. Nadia Lockyer’s personal life, in short, has spiraled out of control.

Nadia Lockyer
  • Nadia Lockyer
Things have gotten so bad that this week, Bay Area News Group, owners of the Trib and the CoCo Times, called on Lockyer to resign from office. But as troubling as Lockyer’s actions have been so far, based on what has been reported to date, calling on her to resign is premature.

There is still a tendency in society to view drug and alcohol addiction, and the poor choices people make while in the grips of their influence, as some sort of moral or ethical failing that deserves condemnation. But research increasingly shows that addiction is a disease, and that people who are consumed by drugs and alcohol, need medical treatment. Lockyer, and her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, seem to understand that, and that’s why she’s back in rehab.

Also, it should be noted, that as bad as things have gotten for her, Lockyer does not appear to have severely compromised her position as a public official. There is no information to date, for example, that she traded official favors in office or engaged in corrupt practices due to her addiction. The most egregious thing she seems to have done so far is put her eight-year-old in harm’s way.

That’s serious, but based on what we know so far, it appears that Nadia Lockyer deserves another chance to get well. Many people, throughout all walks of society, have been able to overcome drug-and-alcohol addiction after getting treatment and are now leading productive lives. There’s reason to hope that Nadia Lockyer can do the same. After all, she led a pretty productive life before her disease took control of her.

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