Belleville News-Democrat - - Opinion -

I had the op­por­tu­nity to meet Bob Judy while I was vol­un­teer­ing for the Home­less Out­reach Project. When Bob was sober, he was smart, had kind and wise look­ing eyes and was in­ter­est­ing to talk with. It seemed his pri­mary fo­cus was on stay­ing drunk. When I talked with him about this, he said it was to si­lence the voices in his head.

When psy­chotropic med­i­ca­tions were first pre­scribed to man­age hal­lu­ci­na­tions, the side ef­fects were ter­ri­ble. As Bob was 65 years old, I’m guess­ing that he de­cided early on to man­age his in­ter­nal voices by self-med­i­cat­ing with al­co­hol and then his brain be­came ad­dicted to al­co­hol.

I’m sad to say good­bye to Bob. I wish him eter­nal peace. – Jesse Arms, Belleville

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