Have you been following the news lately? If so, you’ve probably heard a lot about the drug problem going on in the world. With the high number of abusers, addicts, and traffickers, the problem seems to be getting worse, despite the law enforcement crackdown that is currently underway. You might be asking yourself why this is an issue. Shouldn't jail time be enough for addicts? Won't it scare them into no longer using drugs? It might seem illogical, but addicts can't be scared into recovery. Addiction is something that must be properly addressed and treated. This could be the main reason that jail time doesn't seem to be helping addicts. If you need drug rehabilitation in Asheville NC, please call Legacy Freedom for help.
Drug Use at an All-Time High
Drug use and trafficking are at an all-time high in our country. Specifically, there’s an opioid crisis all around us. It’s hitting cities, small towns, and rural areas. The crisis isn’t discriminating when it comes to individuals who abuse these drugs or sell and distribute them. Deaths, injuries and broken families are the result of many instances where drugs and opioids are involved. Unfortunately, no matter what comes of the situation, substance abuse still prevails.
The crimes that are being committed by using, abusing, and selling or distributing opioids and other illicit drugs often land individuals in jail. However, does jail time actually help addicts recovery and prevent relapse?
What Leads Addicts to Jail?
- Often, driving while intoxicated is the main reason for jail time. Even when no accident, injury or deaths are involved in the incident, jail is often the result of driving while intoxicated. Using drugs while driving or drinking and driving happens more often than we may realize.
- Addicts will often sell drugs for dealers in cases where they’re broke and need money to get more drugs for themselves. In many cases, the addicts are caught selling because they’re not in a sound state of mind. They’re craving drugs and need a fix quickly. They aren’t as crafty in hiding their sales or dealing in public. Therefore, they’re more easily caught by law enforcement.
- Possession of drugs and opioids are also common crimes committed by addicts. Those that are in possession of opioids often face felony charges.
Unfortunately, those that are arrested for possession, driving under the influence, or dealing typically aren’t being apprehended for the first time. Most cases show that this is their second or third arrest. Whether they’re charged with not showing up for court, failing to report for probation, or the inability to pass a drug test, most of the time, addicts are arrested multiple times on various charges.
Does Jail Time Make a Difference?
Would you believe that more than 100,000 Americans were jailed in 2015 alone on drug violation charges?
According to nationalreview.com, "About 750,000 people are arrested every year for marijuana offenses in the U.S. There’s a lot of variation across states in what happens next. Not all arrests lead to prosecutions, and relatively few people prosecuted and convicted of simple possession end up in jail. Most are fined or are placed into community supervision. About 40,000 inmates of state and federal prison have a current conviction involving marijuana, and about half of them are in for marijuana offenses alone; most of these were involved in distribution. Less than one percent are in for possession alone."
According to nbcnews.com, “Researchers from the Pew Charitable Trusts crunched state-by-state data on drug imprisonment, drug use, overdoses and drug arrests and found no evidence that they affected one another. That lack of a pattern shows the flaw in a central philosophy in the war on drugs: That doling out harsh penalties makes people less inclined to use drugs or join the drug trade, said Adam Gelb, director of Pew's public safety performance project, which works to reform state-level drug policies.”
Gelb states that "There seems to be this assumption that tougher penalties will send a stronger message and deter people from involvement with drugs. This is not borne out by the data."
This is a controversial debate that many people have varied views on. Putting individuals in jail for drug use will not help them recover from addiction. It won’t address the root cause of their dependency.
Because these criminals are addicted to drugs, they’re going to get out of jail and begin using again. They can’t help themselves. Drug rehab is needed before true recovery can happen. If you're searching for quality drug rehabilitation in Asheville NC at affordable prices, call Legacy Freedom.
Crimes that are committed should be punished in some form or another. That fact is not up for debate. Most everyone on the fence about this subject agrees with this. However, there is a way to both enforce the law and require rehab for those that are continually arrested for drug related charges. Addicts cannot simply go to jail and detox from drugs without proper care and help.
Once they’ve been in rehab and recovered, the likelihood of them repeating their offense is very small. With help from rehab, they’re able to not only kick addiction but also reform their criminal ways.
Jail time for addicts committing crimes that are related to their drug use won't completely help in terms of getting them to quit using drugs and no longer violate drug laws.
There is a serious problem with drugs all over the U.S. It is ruining the lives of addicts and their loved ones. It's also detrimental to those that are trafficking and dealing. If you, or someone you know, are suffering from a drug problem, know that help is out there. Contact us to learn more.
Affordable Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation in Asheville NC
Those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse problems can contact Legacy Freedom to learn more about their options for drug rehab. Our success rate is higher than traditional rehab facilities that require you to stay in-house until the program is complete. We know how hard it is to beat addiction. That’s why we’ve come up with a better, more successful program for drug rehabilitation in Asheville NC that will help.
Addiction can leave you feeling sad, lonely, and angry. You are not alone. Legacy Freedom of Asheville is an affordable drug treatment center and we're here to help you get back on track to a happier, healthy, drug free life today.