Would County of Kauai’s Unethical and Bullying Prosecutor Shame a Catholic Cardinal?

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reported (8.24.15) that one of the highest-ranking American officials of the Roman Catholic Church was arrested for drunken driving late last week in Kailua-Kona. Will County of Kaua’i prosecutor Justin Kollar publicly shame him? Or will this unethical and bullying elected public official wrongfully attack and embarrass me for bringing attention to his flawed professional behavior as he did the last time?

The Most Eminent Cardinal William Joseph Levada, 79, of Menlo Park, Calif., was stopped at about midnight Thursday on Hina Lani Street and charged with DUI, according to the police arrest log. He was released from police custody after posting $500 bail about an hour later. source

Most Eminent Cardinal William Joseph Levada
Most Eminent Cardinal William Joseph Levada

A police spokeswoman reported Levada was driving a 2015 Nissan Altima and was alone in the car at the time of the arrest. She would not say to whom the car was registered or if police had the car towed. She also refused to release Levada’s blood-alcohol content. Police on Big Island protect this criminal who endangered the lives of others. They wouldn’t dare SHAME this high profile male. On the other hand, County of Kaua’i prosecuting attorney, Justin Kollar, enjoys picking on and shaming poor, single-mothers.

As pointed out in our August 9th post, Justin Kollar unethically diagnosed a young woman with addiction and publicly shamed and bullied her before the court of the Honorable Judge Joe Moss, District Court of the Fifth Circuit, State of Hawai’i, Lihu’e Division. Kollar justified his tough action, as the inexperience prosecutor claims such cases keep him up at night. The irony of Justin’s statement is that I had repeatedly contacted him about a drunk driver in our area. Justin’s lack of concern was grossly negligent.

As a certified professional in addiction recovery, I am aware “the greatest fiction the addiction treatment industry propagates is that of the effectiveness of the 12-step (AA) method of recovery.” Some 90 percent of recovery centers are based on AA-12 steps, a spiritual approach to recovery, developed by “Dr. Bob” (Smith) and Bill Wilson, who founded AA in the U.S. in 1935. Research suggests AA works for 5-10 percent of those who use it — maybe one in 20 or one in 10. source

Therefore, it was no surprise to me the young woman who was publicly shamed by an unethical and bullying Justin Kollar failed any attempt she made to correct her behavior. As the egotistical Kollar stated, “it was her second OVUII conviction in a short period of time … There were also other facts, discussed among the attorneys …” This is how an attorney pretends to play a medical professional on TV. How unethical is this? If this woman suffers addiction, as nearly one in 10 American workers do, she has a serious disease and the traditional methodology likely available to her will fail to help her climb out of her dark place.

I received my addiction recovery training at the University of New Mexico. There are new and noteworthy treatments for addiction that have shown greater promise, some of those include motivational techniques that were pioneered by William R. Miller, Ph.D. His research focused on four major areas of interest: (a) motivation for change; (b) behavioral treatments for substance use disorders; (c) psychology and spirituality; and (d) psychotherapy processes and outcomes.

Unethical and bully Kollar claims he and a handful of attorney diagnosed the young woman. What an arrogant amateur! A competent addiction counselor will assess the individual for the presence of a co-existing psychiatric condition, like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. Unless a co-existing mental disorder is properly diagnosed and effectively treated the likelihood of achieving sobriety is markedly diminished since a person’s neurochemistry, emotional state, and motivation are not sufficiently stable to engage in the hard work, to meet the demands, of recovery.

For those suffering addiction to alcohol, a professional addiction counselor may also recommend Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), which include the use of medications that can reduce cravings and help prevent relapse. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers a helpful guide by which patients and their families can assess an addiction program. These include questions such as is the treatment individualized to the patient; is it comprehensive (not just AA); does the program provide evidence-based treatments; does the program consider and include co-existing mental disorders; and is the program of sufficient duration to be effective?

Did the young woman get access to a MAT program? Do poorer individuals get this help on Kaua’i? Likely not. The “privileged” and Most Eminent Cardinal William Joseph Levada, 79, of Menlo Park, CA will get professional and competent help.

Poor people are shamed publicly by unethical bullies such as Justin Kollar who demonstrate no competence in the area of addiction and addiction recovery.


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