Originally Posted by jusanothajoe
My point was, and yes I actually had one this time ! Most addicts don't want treatment, they want another fix. And they will steal and rob to get it. As far as the war on drugs, I say we are winning because they aren't legal............ yet. Big mac statement was a joke. It doesn't matter how much money you have for treatment if the drug users don't want it. It really takes an epiphany to stop using drugs.
Luckily my family member had one and was able to return to her old self. But this is rare, most never kick the habit. Who do you think will be in charge of legalized drugs ? The government.
Drugs and responsibly don't belong in the same sentence. I'm going to make a very broad and generalizing statement, have no facts to back it up. Not counting arrests for possession of pot,
I would say over 50 -75 % of the crime in the United States involves drugs. Where I live you can go the County jails website and do a prisoner search, 90% of all incarcerated are for something to do with drugs.
Going to comment on the highlighted text -
I would agree that most active addicts just want to keep using. But there comes a time in each of their lives where they have, as it is called, a moment of clarity. A moment when they either seek help or they don't. And if they do & are passionate about it, they can recover. That's the heartbreak of treatment - it only works of the addict wants it. Not "need" it - most everyone would agree that they need it. It's wanting it. And every addict, at some point, looks at what their life has become & concludes that they have run it into the ground & that there has to be a better way.
A while back, someone posted about the success rates of rehab. It's actually really simple - it all depends on the willingness of the addict. If it's 100%, then recovery is 100% assured.
So the point is, they're not lost causes. Many think they are, but they're not. All it takes is for them to say, 'Help me.'
And incarceration isn't help, which gets me to the last bolded text. Now, there are instances where that's what has to happen to the addict to seek help - they gotta be locked up for them to see how out of control their lives have become. But I am willing to bet that's a very small minority of the percentage in jails/prisons.
Which is why incarceration doesn't work. It's a huge waste of money & lives which doesn't address the problem.