It’s an easy thing to be tough on crime in American politics. “Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time”, “Three-strikes-and-you’re-out”, and other phrases captured the spirit of the time on crime in America, especially in the 1990s. They were not idle words. An Individual’s Crime, An American Sin From 1980 to 2013, America’s prison population had tripled, reports The Economist Magazine. You may read this and wonder, what does that mean? It means that the United States, which presently has about 5% of the world’s population, has 25% of the world’s official prison population. A little less than [...]
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The Opioid Crisis in Perspective Tune into any major news network on any given day and its difficult not to hear something about the Opioid Crisis. More people have died from drug overdoses in 2016 year than the total number of Americans in Vietnam. And opioids represented two thirds of those deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC reports that as of 2014, two million Americans were abusing or dependent on prescription opioids. As one drug rehabilitation expert puts it, “No family has been left untouched by the Opioid Crisis.” Scary numbers but they may leave [...]
Today’s blog is something of an inaugural post. We will be bringing in strongly empirical (factual) evidence to thoroughly and simply explore and validate the claims of substance abuse experts. Today’s post, we will be exploring the effectiveness of structured sober living arrangements. The claim that structured sober living arrangements are effective has two core assumptions: The longer one is sober, the more likely they are to remain sober; and the networks and habits created by structured sober living environments make people more likely to change their behavior and stay sober longer both in and outside of treatment. [...]