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Mike Tyson – relation between legal trouble and drug addiction

I was reading an article today about Mike Tyson, the former boxing heavyweight champion, and how he has just entered a rehab center for addiction.

I was very interested in the article because Tyson, although very successful as a professional athlete, has struggled with substance abuse for years and subsequently has been in legal trouble off and on for several years.

This is an area that I think should really be looked at… criminal behavior associated with substance abuse. Many people who struggle with drug and/or alcohol addiction often get into trouble legally, and rather than sending these guys to jail where they just await their release so that they can get out and fall right back into the same routine; I would love to see more cases where it is recognized that these people probably will not start living better lives until their addictions are successfully handled.

As a former drug addict, I have experienced this in my own life. When I was addicted to drugs, I did things that I would have never dreamed of doing when I was clean and sober. I myself got into legal trouble, and fortunately for me, I was given the opportunity to seek help for my drug problem rather than being tossed in jail.

For the last 10 years, I have been living a great life and have been able to help thousands of people get involved in effective drug and alcohol treatment programs, and the majority of the people I have helped have had legal problems associated with their addictions.

I am not saying that there should be no repercussions for an addict that breaks the law, but let’s figure out how to turn these people into productive members of society rather than filling prisons with wasted lives… what do you say?

Article by Eric

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