Nov. 18, 2009
-- An article in The New York Times titled, “Expanding Drug Treatment: Is US Ready to Step UP?” states, “The economic case for expanding drug treatment, especially amid a recession, seems clear. Study after study concludes that addicts who receive drug treatment, even in lengthy residential programs, costs markedly less than incarcerating them, so budget-strapped states could save millions.” The article goes on to say, “The unmet need for more drug treatment also is vast. According to federal data, 7.6 million Americans needed drug treatment for illicit drug use in 2008, and only 1.2 million received it.”
Prison does not work for most individuals suffering from drug addiction. Most people who need drug treatment that are incarcerated usually will meet new drug contacts and learn new criminal behaviors that support, rather than deter, their drug addiction.
According to Debbie Ross executive director of Narconon Gulf Coast, a world-class residential drug treatment facility, “People with drug addiction problems need help, not jail.” Unfortunately, many who have unsuccessfully attended other drug treatment programs will sometimes lose hope. The families of the drug addicted person, along with judges and prosecutors will start to believe that jail must be the only answer.
The administration and staff at Narconon Gulf Coast understand that most people suffering from drug addiction do not agree with and will not accept the disease concept of most drug treatment programs. The addict’s lack of agreement does not suggest that they can’t get well. It does indicate that there may be a different and better way. Narconon Gulf Coast understands and has proven hundreds of times that people have the power to overcome drug addiction. Narconon Gulf Coast’s 90 percent success rate means that there is hope and a solution for those suffering from drug addiction. Drug addiction specialists are always ready to help, 24 hours a day seven days a week. Call 800-253-3168 or look them up on the web at www.narconongulfcoast.com. They make a difference in people’s lives every day.