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Addiction Help Is Going to Take More Than Money

I read an article today about drug addiction in Washington, D.C. – it’s a messy scene. According to the article, only 7,000 of the 60,000 who needed treatment last year were treated. An additional $10 million in federal funding is being made available over the next three years – adding to the $6 million they already have – and that’s supposed to get another 8,000 people the drug addiction help they need.

The way the war on drugs is going, there will probably be even more drug addicts by that time. It seems like a losing battle.

The prisons in D.C. are also loaded with drug addicts. Seven out of 10 prisoners are on drugs, and only one in nine get treatment. So, they come out of prison, back into the same environment with the same drug problem they had when they went in. And the drug problem may have had a lot to do with why they were in prison in the first place.

Cleaning up America’s drug problem is obviously going to take a lot more than money. What’s it going to take? You. That’s right, you.

According to government statistics, there are 22 million people in the U.S. with alcohol or drug addiction problems. That means that if about 10 people chipped in to get one drug addict or alcoholic on the straight and narrow, we’d have one big part of the problem solved.

And if the addiction help services they get includes an excellent drug rehab, the people who are helped should be able to make sure others don’t follow in their footsteps. A desperate solution for an even more desperate problem. But sometimes you’ve just got to step out of your comfort zone to get something done.

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