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Opioid Abuse Worsened with Criminal Justice

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“The vast majority – upwards of 80% — of individuals in the justice system have a substance use disorder including addiction, dependence or abuse.” What does this mean for people in the community who are struggling with opioid abuse? At the very least, it means that the criminal justice system has too much involvement when what they really need is the involvement of support and recovery groups.

How Can We Change Current Levels of Opioid Abuse?

“The war on drugs, our fifty year, $1 trillion attempt to control the supply of illegal drugs has relied mainly on the criminal justice system and punishment to solve the nation’s substance abuse problem.” Of course, punishment has not solved the problem, and has instead created more difficulties and struggles for those who need help to reach sobriety. It’s easier for our society to think of those with addictions as ‘bad people’ and to push them into prisons and other facilities, but this is completely wrong. This doesn’t help them, or anyone else.

We have a bad habit of trying to sweep ‘problems’ under the rug rather than to address them, but when it comes to people struggling with opioid abuse, it’s unacceptable. These are human beings who need support and aid, but too often they are treated like criminal instead of people, or patients, and are ushered into some kind of jail or prison.

How can we change our ways? There has to be a society-wide change in focus, moving from punishing to healing. No, dangerous habits shouldn’t be allowed to continue, but we need to find a way to help these people into treatment so that they can safely detox and transition. Within the criminal justice system is not the place for any kind of recovery.

To learn more about how to help someone in the throes of opioid abuse, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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