The next and hopefully the last battle in the war on drugs, which is now over 40 years old, will be to educate young people, adults, parents and teachers by giving them the truth about the causes and consequences of addiction.
Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) October 17, 2013
A Forever Recovery, a leading addiction treatment center that has pioneered a moral reasoning approach to recovery that empowers each individual client to access the spiritual, cognitive, and fellowship support that they need, has published a must-read new blog that looks at how the government is helping fight the war on drugs.
The blog post, which cites statistics and commentary from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Penn State University, NBC News, and other sources, highlights the history of America’s “War on Drugs” that began in the early 1970s, with Richard Nixon’s move to increase the size and scope of the country’s Federal Drug Control Agencies.
And while later in the decade drug possession laws relaxed under the Jimmy Carter Administration, in the 1980s Ronald Reagan brought drug control and, especially, punishment for drug-related offenses back into the spotlight. This is also when First Lady Nancy Regan launched her famous “Just Say No” drug awareness campaign, which was designed to empower individuals to make smart choices – yet, ironically, may have had the opposite effect in the long-term, because it arguably reduced the complex issue of drug abuse and addiction into a single slogan. The late 1980s was also when 64% of the American public declared that drug abuse was the country’s number one problem, up from just 6% in 1985.
The blog post moves on to look at what it calls the “back and forth Clinton” era, in reference to President Clinton’s mixed messaging – one the one hand he called for treatment rather than imprisonment, yet on the other hand he escalated the war on drugs through policies that often pained self-destructive addicts with the same harsh, punitive brush that it used for criminal drug dealers.
Ultimately, the blog post concludes that the war on drugs can only be won through a two weapons: effective education, and appropriate drug rehabilitation.
“The next and hopefully the last battle in the war on drugs, which is now over 40 years old, will be to educate young people, adults, parents and teachers by giving them the truth about the causes and consequences of addiction,” commented A Forever Recovery’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “When people know what drugs to do, and learn why it’s in their best interest to seek help rather than turn to prescription medication or illegal drugs, they can make an informed decision about their future.”
Added Per Wickstrom: “And for those are already trapped in the addiction spiral, we need to provide them with appropriate, results-based rehabilitation and treatment programs that are customized for their specific needs, and heal them on every level: body, mind and spirit.”
The full edition of A Forever Recovery’s new blog post “How the Government is Helping Fight the War on Drugs” is available at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/drug-abuse/how-the-government-is-helping-fight-the-war-on-drugs/.
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