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Is locking up addicts a good solution?

Updated on July 25, 2011

Our prisons are full of drug addicts!

This could be your child!
This could be your child!

I say NO

Do you think that it is a good idea to be locking up drug-alcohol addicts and not getting them the proper treatments to help them learn to be productive citizens.

In the USA there are literally millions of people who are addicted to drugs & alcohol, they will do anything to get whatever they are addicted to.

Drug addicts will steal or even prostitute themselves to get high.

I don't think our system in the USA is working - I believe that drug-alcohol addicts need to be sent to rehab to get them off the drugs and then get educated so they can learn how to be working, tax paying citizens.

I think the jails & prisons should be used for murderer's - rapist's or violent criminals not for drug addicts.

I need 20 people to help me reach my dream.

Are you a enabler?

I have also noticed that in some casesĀ  the addict has an enabler!

An enabler is simply someone who helps the addict or enables them to get whatever they are addicted to.

It could be anyone from a parent giving a child money to a friend who feels sorry for the addict and gives them a place to sleep.

If you have a loved one who is an addict you need to realize that you literally can love them to death by enabling them in their addiction.

If you have a loved one who is an addict, let them know that you love them and you will do anything to help them and try to get them into a rehab before they end up dead or in jail.


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    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    TY all for your feedback

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    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    I agree with you Faye good point

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    sweetie1 6 years ago from India

    Like you i too beleive that you shouldnt lock the addicts but get them treatment and lock the drug pushers.Nice hub

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    Fay Paxton 6 years ago

    I think locking up addicts is just insane. It's a addiction, not a crime. Betty Ford had an addition and we read about movie stars all the time who suffer from drug never crossed anyone's mind to lock them up. The fact that the drugs are prescribed shouldn't make a addiction, is an addiction! Locking an addict up benefits noone.

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    Helpful Hanna 6 years ago

    Interesting hub!

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    mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

    I believe that rehab is the best route to go with drug addicts. Some who may want to get out of this rut will need a good support system. Don't put them in a setting where they can still obtain drugs or learn more illegal methods of getting what they want. Good hub, good information.