Prison Is Rock Bottom

Just when someone thought life could not get any worse for him or her, they end up in prison. It is what happens to a lot of people with a drug addiction. When someone winds up in prison, it really gives them a lot of time to think about what they have done, the people they have hurt, and how bad their addiction has gotten. If that is not a wake-up call for them, I don’t believe anything will be for them. Even though I’ve lived a good, clean life and never been in prison, I can only imagine what it is like in prison and just thinking about it is scary enough for yours truly.

When a drug addict is in prison, they don’t have access to their drugs, which means they are going cold turkey. Cold turkey is incredibly difficult for someone that has become so accustomed to drugs and so used to drugs. They will have to deal with something like cocaine withdrawal (https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/cocaine-addiction/withdrawal-detox/). They have grown to rely on drugs, live on drugs, and they need them desperately. It is going to be rough for them, but they have brought this situation upon themselves. One of two things will happen to them: either they are going to get better or they are going to die.

Now, no one wants to see them die, of course, but it is the reality of the situation for many people in prison and many people with serious drug addictions. After all, the addiction was serious enough to land them in prison. That is heavy stuff, people. It is not like they had it under control, although anyone in prison does not have their life under control, especially a drug addict. It forces them to really look at things and really examine where they have gone wrong. If they are smart enough, they will take this time to reexamine their lives and really go after it from a different angle.

If they are stubborn and truly addicted to the drugs, chances are they will probably die behind bars. It is not a pretty story, to say the least, but it is reality for a lot of drug addicts. I would venture to say it is a 50/50 chance in most cases. Each person responds to this type of situation differently. They either pick themselves up by their bootstraps or they fold under the pressure and they can’t handle it.

It helps if they have a good support system outside of prison waiting for them that is hoping they will get better and is rooting them on to improve their quality of life. They want to see them get better and they know they will get better. For some drug addicts, they have gotten so bad; they have alienated everyone in their life. No one wants to talk to them and no one wants anything to do with them. They have burned them so badly in the past they are through with them. In my view, everyone deserves a second chance in life.

Addicts Belong in Rehab, not in Prison

Everyone is familiar with the idea that the punishment should fit the crime. Most of the laws and consequences of breaking them reflect this principle in our country. When it comes to drugs, this is not the case. While it’s easy to understand why those who distribute these illegal substances actually do deserve to spend some time in prison, about 80% of arrests in this country which are drug related are for possession. Studies prove that addiction is a disease, and it is a disease that needs to be treated. However, instead of sending addicts to rehab for treatment, our justice system sends them to prison.

In the 1980s when the “War on Drugs” was started, the strategy for the criminal justice system was to send all drug-related offenders to prison as a deterrent. This was a way of sending a message about illegal drugs. However, addicts have not gotten the help that they need, and the War on Drugs has not been successful. It has been revealed that viewing addiction and drug use the way we view military problems and treating addicts as if they were soldiers in an army on the opposing side is not an appropriate or helpful approach.

Addiction is a problem that affects individuals. The only way to deal with the addiction epidemic is to allow all addicts the chance to get better. The best way to allow addicts the chance to get better is to allow them to visit rehabilitation facilities like The AION Recovery(https://www.rehabs.com/listings/aion-recovery-2151345427/). Drug rehabilitation facilities that are staffed by addiction specialists and qualified healthcare professionals is essential.

The rates of addiction and drug abuse have not improved over the past thirty years in spite of law enforcers arresting and incarcerating drug users. It is time for lawmakers and politicians to take a stand. It is time for a paradigm shift. Addicts need to receive treatment for their disease. This approach may prove to be expensive. It’s not cheap to send offenders to rehab. However, sending them all to jail is already completely bankrupting our country as it is.