Saturday, July 18, 2009

Treatment v. Punishment, and the Family

Why does it seem like we are spending more money on drug courts and punishment verses treatment? I have worked in the field of addiction and recovery for over 20 years and am sad to see the push for more jail or drug courts. Families suffer enough when one member is addicted. Now with groups like MADD and the drug courts, we are taking much needed money and time from the family. Why is the very system that is designed to prevent or stop adding to society's problems, only adding to those problems? If the client/person has money for drug court and all the attorney fees, why not "treatment?"

Sandy Cicero Robins
Author of They Do Remember: a story of soul survival

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