There has been great back and forth discussions throughout the years about the need for incarceration vs. addiction treatment at Drug Rehab Springfield.  For many people, the only answer is to do both of them and to do them both properly and not cut any corners. In Springfield, Illinois and all across the state for that matter, there are many inmates who are now serving their time and are not getting the drug rehab that they desperately need. Being in prison might dry a person out and force him to detox while in a jail cell, but it will do nothing for his mental, psychological, personal, and behavioural addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Most of the time the reason why individuals who have committed drug-related crimes are sent to jail instead of rehab is due to lack of funding or lack of understanding.  Jail cells are cheaper to keep than Drug Rehab Springfield beds are, even the state funded ones.  However history has shown that simply locking someone up is not enough rehab to help them kick an addiction disorder by any means at all, witnessed by newly released inmates relapsing on drugs the day they leave prison.

There are many types of treatment options though that could be explored. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA) reported that there are over 14,500 specialized substance abuse treatment programs providing a variety of care options, from therapeutic methods to pharmaceutical tools to complementary forms of medicine too.  There are lots of treatment options out there, and there is no shortage of them, even with how many addicts there are in the nation.

About half of the population of American prisons and jails suffer from addiction, according to NCAAD.  Roughly eighty percent of them got in there for something that had to do with drugs and alcohol to begin with.  Furthermore, around three-quarters of individuals in a state prison or local jail who suffer from a mental illness also struggle with substance abuse, and the opposite is also true, the National Institute of Health and Drug Rehab Springfield tell us.  Essentially, in the American jail cell almost all inmates suffer with addiction and mental and personal difficulties and problems.

The Problem in Springfield

For Springfield, an area wherein much crime has occurred in the city itself and in the surrounding areas, the problem is worse than the national average.  This area more so than any other area really needs to start focusing on rehabilitation as opposed to incarceration.  For offenders who have committed more serious crimes, there needs to be rehabilitation services to be completed after time is served that are insisted upon as mandatory for all inmates who arrived in prison for drug related crimes.

This is going to be the only way that substance abuse is really handled effectively and smoothly in Springfield.  Because so many of Springfield’s crime is drug related, it follows logically from that that Springfield’s criminal justice department would have a strong foundation in rehabilitation.  After all, isn’t the whole idea of incarceration to literally, correct the individual so he does not commit further crimes?  Well, to do this with an addict, you must also rehabilitate him too or he will likely commit the same crimes later on. With this plan, addiction will finally be something that falls by the wayside and Springfield can for this first time in years start building for a better future.