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Recovering from drug addiction after prison

Drug addiction is a prevalent problem throughout the country, and North Carolina is no exception. According to Deutsche Welle, prison inmates may still have access to drugs during incarceration. In addition, the monotony of prison life, especially with the prospect of many years left to serve, may become emotionally overwhelming. For these reasons, rehabilitation programs are essential, starting in prison. Programs which have high standards of discipline and work ethic may help inmates focus their energy on recovery rather than addiction and despair. Transition management, which is positive, intentional interaction between inmates and social workers, may also help foster a smoother transition into society for drug offenders.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, drug use often leads to other criminal activity such as abuse, driving violations, and thievery. The use of drugs also affects a person's life in a myriad of ways, even after a prison term is served. It may negatively affect family and social relationships, employment opportunities and emotional stability. Studies have shown that regular use of drugs may have the ability to alter a person's brain chemistry over time. Because of this, rehabilitative measures are needed in prison, as well as for a long period afterward, and each person's plan should be individualized according to their particular needs. Former users need regular assessment and intervention from professionals as their minds and bodies adjust to life without drugs.

The road to recovery from addiction may also be more effective with the support of family. Although close relationships may have been damaged or severed as a result of the drug use, restoration is key. Accountability may reduce the chances of reentering the world of drug use and the associated problems.

 

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