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Drug Abuse and Criminal Treatment

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Running Head: DRUG ABUSE
Drug Abuse and Criminal Treatment
Ashlee Todd
Argosy University

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Substance abuse will, undoubtedly, lead to further crime and ultimately a sentence
into a jail system. The most effective treatment of substance-abuse offenders comes from a
certain level of commitment from the staff at local jails and a significant amount of resources at
ones disposal. There are certain levels of support that will affect an offender and, in theory, assist
them for their future. The entire point of a rehabilitation and resources is to punish, assist and
correct. The purpose of this memo is to revise the substance abuse treatment policies at the
Washington Corrections Center in Shelton. Criminal justice intervention and treatment within the
facility will greatly improve the individuals and the system in its entirety.
Not every individual who uses drugs will become addicted or may not ever commit a
crime (aside from the drug usage themselves). However, the use of drugs in themselves can
cause crimes. Often the reason for crimes can be linked to drug usage. There can be many several
reasons for addictions can vary, but it is critical to understand the reasons behind addiction. Drug
addiction is related to a pleasure reinforcement in the brain. The brain releases a dopamine flood
that makes the usage addicting for someone. There are various factors that are common for drug
abusers, such as “high risk taking and lack of self-control” (Pinel, 2009). Addicts will generally
continue to pursue their drug even after a tolerance is developed. This includes the risks that may
lead to crimes and violent activities. Higher rates of addiction mean an individual will not have a
legitimate occupation, education or experience to keep themselves away from crime (IDOC,
2009).
The goal of treatment of substance abuse in the system is to ultimately educate and
reduce risk of repeaters. This is a necessary program that will enable individuals to function in
society ones the prison term is complete. Most criminals at this point will not voluntarily seek

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treatment on their own, they must be persuaded and coerced through the criminal justice system
(IDOC, 2009). The impact of such treatment on offenders will lessen the impact down the road.
By working with people individually, they can understand what they did wrong and how to
change for the positive. This sort of treatment can be beneficial for the individual and allow for a
better life that is crime free.
According to the Office of National Drug Control, drug abuse will affect everyone in our
economy and the treatment of abuse can integrate the approach of treatment and prevent further
behavior. (ONDC, 2009). With the “key objective of matching the intensity of the intervention to
the offenders needs and criminal behavior” the system can create a safer community and still
address the needs of the offender. Additionally, the Idaho State Police Statistical Analysis Center,
made it clear that “More improvements can be made through development of more drug courts,
treatment and services for substance abusers” and prevention and treatment can ensure that the
problems from drug abuse can decrease (Idaho State Police, 2010). Ultimately, it can be said that
prevention is the best treatment, but when that fails, we have a second change to prevent a repeat
offender.

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Running Head: DRUG ABUSEDrug Abuse and Criminal TreatmentAshlee ToddArgosy UniversitySubstance abuse will, undoubtedly, lead to further crime and ultimately a sentence into a jail system. The most effective treatment of substance-abuse offenders comes from a certain level of commitment from the staff at local jails and a significant amount of resources at ones disposal. There are certain levels of support that will affect an offender and, in theory, assist them for their future. The entire point of a rehabilitation and resources is to punish, assist and correct. The purpose of this memo is to revise the substance abuse treatment policies at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton. Criminal justice intervention and treatment within the facility will greatly improve the individuals and the system in its entirety. Not every individual who uses drugs will become addicted or may not ever commit a crime (aside from the drug usage themselves). However, the use of drugs in themselves can cause crimes. Often the reason for crimes can be linked to drug usage. There can be many several reasons for addictions can vary, but it is critical to understand the reasons behind add ...
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