Many jails today face a moral dilemma. More than half of the 2.3 million American prison inmates have battled with substance abuse and addiction. Not all of those are imprisoned on specifically drug-related charges. But drug arrests have been rising steadily since the early 1990s. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most people in state prisons and local jails have abused drugs or alcohol regularly. Drug abusers typically lack the tools to live their lives without resorting to drugs and often crime. However, less than one-fifth of these offenders received treatment while incarcerated.
According to the DEA and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment can reportedly reduce recidivism rates from fifty percent to about twenty percent. Yet it is not widely provided.
The problem is this: while it is more cost-effective to treat inmates for their addictions, prisons are cutting out inmate treatment programs. Dr. Josiah Rich, a professor of medicine and community health at Brown University thinks that by refusing or neglecting to provide treatment to these incarcerated addicts, many U.S. prisons are missing their best chance to resolve their addictions - and in the process to cut down on future crime.
"Our system has taken the highest-risk and most ill people and put them in a place where they have constitutionally-mandated health care," Rich says. "What a great opportunity to make a difference. Are we just trying to punish people? Or are we trying to rehabilitate people? What do we want out of this?"
The issue of doing something effective to rehabilitate drug addicts is a sweeping one and not just for prisoners. Those who are battling with addiction outside of jail have a similar problem. They must find effective treatment and learn the tools to live drug-free if they are going to overcome their addiction.
Narconon Provides an Effective Treatment Alternative
The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program was founded in an Arizona state prison by William Benitez in 1966 to help those prisoners around him to deal with their drug problems. Since that time, Narconon has grown to a large international network of nearly fifty residential rehab centers on six continents. Over the past forty-five years, many tens of thousands of people have found long-lasting sobriety through Narconon. The program is very thorough, long-term, and addresses both the physical and mental/emotional aspects of addiction. The life skills portion of the program equips the recovering addict with the precise tools he will need in order to live a drug-free life for the rest of his life.
Chris was one of the lucky people. He came to Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma after he had lived what he referred to as a "horrible life." He said he was constantly in and out of the county jail. He had been using drugs every day and selling them before he came to Narconon. He also said his family had given up on him, having exhausted all their resources trying to pay his court fines and fees.
On arriving at Narconon, Chris said that everyone was so nice that he knew he had found a place "to totally change my life." He said he knew right away that "this was the start of my new life."
After completing the full Narconon program, Chris said that he feels like he can conquer anything. "Life's great," he continued, "Nothing out there can stop me. The tools the program has given me are just amazing. You can't find this stuff anywhere else," Chris concluded.
Life can be great again for you or your loved one who is battling addiction. Find out all the details of the full Narconon program and its locations around the world at www.narconon.org.
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