Statistics show that most modern-day crime is either a direct result of addiction, or indirectly a result of mental health and addiction related circumstances. Once incarcerated most inmates are not properly assessed for treatment options.
In 2005, federal, state and local governments spent $74 billion on incarceration, court proceedings, probation and parole for substance-involved adult and juvenile offenders, and less than 1% of that amount—$632 million—on prevention and treatment, according to CASAColumbia’s research. The report found that only 11% of all inmates with addiction received any treatment during their incarceration. The report found that if all inmates who needed treatment and aftercare received such services, the nation would break even in a year if just over 10% remained substance-free, crime-free and employed. Thereafter, for each former inmate who remained substance-free, crime-free and employed, the nation would reap an economic benefit of $90,953 per year.
Shattered Lives Radio will discuss the many forms of addiction with guest, Dalal Akoury, MD of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, and an addiction recovery treatment specialist.
The discussion will surround the topic of how one becomes addicted to, not only illegal street drugs and alcohol, but also the rising epidemic of prescription drugs, gained lawfully and written by unscrupulous physicians all across the country to the point where we have become the American Addict!
Addiction Treatment and Crime
Dalal Akoury, MD has developed a successful, natural, and effective way to help addicts, no matter what they are addicted to, there is a way to restore the neuro endocrine imbalances, ground the spirit, and renew the body to a state of well-being. Her Addiction Recovery Treatment is available as an out-patient program, including addiction recovery maintenance, and most patients can be treated discreetly with minimum withdrawal symptoms. While in patient treatment may be necessary for extreme cases, most addictions can be handled comfortably as the patient goes about their every day lives. Dr. Akoury’s Addiction Recovery Treatment is also available to other physicians and healthcare providers through training and certification.
If addicts were given more treatment options such as Dr. Akoury offers, common sense says there would be a restoration of not only the addict themselves, but their family, their community, and the country. MIllions, or billions, of dollars would be saved throughout the criminal justice system.
Crime and it’s aftermath, and new options for addicts, can only be a positive step forward for the millions of inmates who may be able to be rehabilitated and start life fresh and new!