Harbor Village Detox Weighs in on Drug Screening Policies for Welfare Recipients

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Harbor Village Detox comments on the implementation of drug screening policies, and their possible effects on the public at large.

The ultimate goal of welfare is to give families in financial need the ability to manage their households and provide for their loved ones without becoming destitute; yet beyond this, welfare is designed to create a self sufficient society.

El Paso County has recently adopted new drug screening policies for welfare recipients deemed to have a reasonable level of suspicion of substance abuse, according to KKTV. Those who have identified themselves as substance abusers will also be subjected to drug screening tests. The Department of Human Services has announced that not all people receiving welfare benefits will be subjected to drug testing. In spite of the official acceptance of this new policy, controversy is sparking among the residents residing in the El Paso County. Those who fail drug screening will not be dropped from welfare, but will be required to attend drug rehabilitation treatment. Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox facility who is interested in safeguarding the nation’s victims of substance use disorders. The facility asserts that the implementation of drug screening for those suspected of suffering from addiction is potentially an effective means of administering vital help to those in need.

The ultimate goal of welfare is to give families in financial need the ability to manage their households and provide for their loved ones without becoming destitute; yet beyond this, welfare is designed to create a self sufficient society. Drug screening programs of the past, which denied aid to those who failed screenings, did not serve the ultimate good. However, these new policies are for the benefit of those suffering from secreted abuse, because they allow people who are experiencing substance abuse to get the help they need to thwart subsequent addiction, and address problems that may culminate in the future.

According to KKTV, those who will be targeted for screening will have to exhibit obvious signs of addiction. The Department of Human Services states that helping people overcome their addictions by requiring them to attend drug and alcohol treatment serves to realize the ideals of the intent of welfare. In addressing their addiction, people will be able to hold steady jobs and support themselves without aid from the state.

KKTV quotes Cheryl Schnell, director of adult services at the Department of Human Services,“If substance use is a barrier or challenge to [welfare recipients] being able to [support themselves], then we have an obligation to provide some services for [that.]”

A medical professional from Harbor Village asserts, “Although there will always be speculation regarding the ethics of subjecting people to potentially unfair screening, the potential to genuinely help those who are suffering from addiction is high, and because of that, I believe we are also morally obligated to pursue those leads vigorously. We will have to sort out the faults in the new system as they are learned with time.”

Harbor Village Detox was founded on the principles of integrity, compassion, and effective drug and alcohol treatment. Providing inpatient medical detox nationally, Harbor Village Detox is committed to cultivating the longevity of all. Treating each client on a case-by-case basis, the facility recommends highly personalized treatment regimens specific to the level of addiction exhibited.

Cultivating an environment of continued healing, Harbor Village’s inpatient medical detox program is only the first step to sobriety. Harbor Village works closely with a network of facilities that offer extended drug rehabilitation, sober living communities, and partial hospitalization programs for clients struggling with the later stages of addiction. Their clients are administered medical detox treatment in a lush spa environment and employ the apex of medical professionals accredited by The Joint Commission, who work around the clock to stave off the effects of withdrawal.

For more information visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call 1-855-290-4261.

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