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Drug Rehab a Rare Commodity in Prison.  ♠ Daily Beast.
Treatment for drug addiction works better.    ♠ Daily Beast.
The American Prison Nightmare.  ♠ N.Y.  Review of Books
Prison overcrowding.   ♠ A Public  

Reports have shown that drug rehab in jail works but following some hard years, Arizona like many other states have firmed up their  abandonment of  rehabilitation policy for their inmates.  Aside from minor pilot studies, the policy of these states is on punishment.  Criminalized drug addicts, and the mentally ill are not treated according to Defense Attorney, Jason Lamm,   This practice continues even though a 2009 report released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows a substantial reduction in recidivism for offenders completing in-prison substance abuse programs followed by community-based substance abuse treatment.  To be fair some state prison do better but  The Federal Bureau of Prisons does look at rehabilitation as a goal.  How do we get states to follow the lead.

As Christmas is upon us, viewership is up.  So isn’t the  struggle for addicts, alcoholics and their families to get through the holidays.  People who have seen the worst and best of themselves and their loved ones,  still care to make a difference in the world of addiction and recovery.  They share what they see here and elsewhere.  There are those who want to see a loved one survive.  There are those who want to know their own freedom from addiction.  There are those who want the world to be free.  That freedom is possible.

Keep sharing and logging on to  Spread the word.  The point is to move consciousness in America from one of  prejudice towards addiction and alcoholism to that of understanding.  Addiction is a deadly disease that needs a real solution.  Some people who log on to this blog have lost a loved one to drugs or alcohol in body or spirit.  Somehow, they are able to keep putting out a positive message that may move another person away from what they have witnessed.  Recovery is possible.  Never give up.  Have a merry Christmas and a free and happy new year in 2012!

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