Addicts who live in denial or fail to take advantage of the support that comes their way often pay for it by having to go to prison. For some, learning acquired in treatment centers and with programs such as A.A helps them in prison. For others, prison is time to reflect on opportunities lost and to resolve to fight addiction.
Addiction drives people to crime; these include petty theft, stealing from home, shoplifting, etc so that their supply of drugs does not suffer. These acts land them in trouble with the law.
An addict is powerless to even consider the consequences of his actions. However, this does not mean that he won’t have to bear the consequences of the things he does to sustain his habits. And it isn’t just the actions that aren’t legally tenable that are of concern, addicts hurt and use people around them. For them, the “high” is all that matters.
However, once the euphoria subsides, the addict has to face the guilt that cannot be suppressed any longer. He has to answer for dereliction of duty, any vehicular accidents he may have been involved in, poor conduct, etc. It may lead to a determined attempt at rehab, or another half-hearted effort. Without help and therapy, an addict is almost powerless to reform himself. He is destined to oscillate between a false, drug-induced feeling of wellness and feeling wretched when sober.
A significant number of America’s prison inmates suffer from substance abuse problems. Violence and drug-fueled crimes in prison are not uncommon. A report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse states that only 11% of the total population of addicts in prison received any kind of treatment. Addicts in prison, if treated, can contribute to the nation’s economy in a big way.
Addicts who have been to prison once are likely to get on the wrong side of the law again. Their exposure to the bad elements in society and the criminal justice system inures them to the hardship of prison. Treatment can help break this cycle of time outside prison and inside it. It is an opportunity for addicts to recalibrate their lives, make the right lifestyle choices, and take advantage of the opportunity that they have been given.
Any other approach is tantamount to inviting disaster. Prisons are a dangerous place, and the world at large won’t bother much about an offender who suffers in prison because of a drug-related crime. Addicts owe a responsibility to themselves and their family to try their best and turn a new leaf. Otherwise, if not prison, then it will be a trip to the E.R and a drastic reduction in not only the quality of life but also its span.
Reformed addicts need to be particularly careful about staying away from drugs and being on the right side of the law. During the early months of recovery, if a former drug user lands up in prison, the pressures there may be too much to bear, and he may succumb to the craving for drugs.
Treatment Now can help you with any questions that you may have about drug rehabilitation. If you have tried to recover from the drug habit, but have not met with much success, then we can match you with the best rehabilitation center for your needs. Call now. 844-438-8689