Substance Abuse Response Paper

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BELENKO, S., & PEUGH, J. (1998). Fighting crime by treating substance abuse. Issues in Science and Technology, 15(1), 53-60. This article explains how the justice system addresses the issue of substance abuse and criminal offenders. Many feel that the answer to this problem is more severe punishment, however, this does not solve the addiction problem. Many times it was believed that our prisons release inmates who are have not received treatment while incarcerated, or do not have the follow up treatment that is needed to reduce recidivism. Currently inmates undergo treatment before and after incarceration have shown a reduction in criminal behavior. Caulkins, J. P., Kasunic, A., & Michael A C Lee. (2014). Societal burden of substance abuse.…show more content…
In this article research was performed to test the reoccurrence of crime in offenders. The study group contained more than four thousand prisoners with substance abuse problems. The study was performed for 2.7 years. During the study more than sixty percent repeated crimes. The outcome proved that offenders needed treatment even after being released from prison. Jesuraj, M. J. (2012). IMPACT OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE ON FAMILIES. Rajagiri Journal of Social Development, 4(2), 33-44. Retrieved from Substance abuse affects more than just the abuser. It affects the lives of the families of the addict. It also leads to issues financially, physically, and emotionally. There is a decreases in inhibitions that could lead to transmitted diseases. There are many stages that the families experience. Some of the stages are denial, bargaining, and blaming. If the treatment is successful, the family can start to regain a sense of normalcy. LeNoue, S. R., & Riggs, P. D. (2016). Substance abuse prevention. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 25(2),…show more content…
The more common substances are cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. This often leads to lower academia results and increased withdrawal from school. Adolescence is the most important period to enact preventive measures for substance abuse. Prevention and treatment plans are the most prevalent forms of defense in school-aged

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