It is a well-known fact that drug abuse is illegal. What some may not know however is that at least sixty percent of the people in prison are there for a drug-related crime. These are not necessarily the dealers that end up in prison. It can be the "little guys," like those who get caught with just a bit too much marijuana on them, or a few too many grams of cocaine. Or it can be those who steal or engage in drunk driving or other illegal behavior while under the influence. In any case, jail is jail no matter how one arrived there. Of more than 1.53 million arrests for US drug law violations in 2011, eighty-two percent were for possession of a controlled substance. Less than twenty percent were arrested for the sale or manufacturing of a drug.
The loss of personal dignity, freedom and self-respect that follows being put in jail can be devastating. What's more troubling is that this problem is growing and by current estimates, will continue to worsen.
A recent article in The New York Times described how doctors were trying to change the approach of the legal system that currently treats addicts as criminals. In a case regarding Cameron Douglas, the 33-year-old son of actor Michael Douglas, doctors joined the lawyers in a campaign to try to lessen the younger Douglas' sentence. He had just received an additional four-and-a-half year sentence added onto his existing five-year federal sentence for drug distribution and heroin possession. The additional sentence was imposed by a judge in December after hearing the case of Mr. Douglas being caught behind bars with heroin and Suboxone, a prescription opioid that is supposed to help ease the symptoms of opiate addiction. These prominent addiction doctors says they have hopes of finding a sympathetic ear for their view that drug addiction is best handled with more treatment, not more prison time.
Narconon is the Addiction Solution
When a family member or other loved one is addicted, it is difficult to come to terms with the idea that they may go to jail for their habit. But, this can be the outcome for anyone who is illegally using drugs. When you know you have an addiction problem in your family, the best thing you can do is get help for that person quickly. This is not a problem that will go away on its own.
When you have reached that point, it may seem hard to know where to turn to find effective rehab help. But, Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in fifty locations around the world help people kick the drug habit for good. The success rate of the Narconon program worldwide in helping people to regain lasting sobriety is over seventy percent, one of the highest rehab rates of any program. Narconon is a drug-free program which does not use any substitute drugs to help one recover from addiction. The Narconon philosophy is that drug addiction is a problem that can be overcome with the right tools. The Narconon program addresses both the physical, mental and emotional aspects of addiction. The program also provides valuable tools for living a drug-free life and making future drug-free decisions.
This was the case for Chandler, who came to Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma after ending up in jail for his drug problem. He said that his life was bad before he got to Narconon, but his family had decided they wanted to help him get sober and he agreed. Once he arrived at Narconon, he said the people there were so helpful with him while he went through the withdrawal program and that really helped him. He also said the part of the program that helped him most was the sauna detox (Narconon New Life Detoxification Program).
He said after completing the entire eight-step program, "I feel a lot better. I'm in better communication with my family, with my friends and with people around me. I feel awesome. I have a really good job now and I love it!"
This can be the outcome for your loved one with the help of the Narconon program. Call us to find out all the details.
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Justice Policy Institute, "Substance Abuse Treatment and Public Safety," (Washington, DC: January 2008), p. 1.