Drug addiction isn’t always an isolated problem. It might begin that way, but for some people, drug-related crimes can weave their way into everyday life. If that happens, addiction and crime create a different lifestyle from the one that you knew before; one that can be more difficult to change. But Cornerstone Recovery Center has resources that can help you untangle your life.
The Cycle of Crime Can Develop Unexpectedly
The use of illicit drugs and misuse of prescription medications are considered crimes in themselves. But where use becomes an addiction, the lifestyle that springs from it can sometimes involve other crimes as well. You don’t have to have a criminal past, and you might think you’d never be capable of illegal activity. But addiction means that you’re not yourself.
Operating a vehicle while impaired, buying drugs, stealing medication from friends and family, stealing money to support the addiction, violence, and other criminal behavior can grow from addiction, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Additionally, associating with the wrong people who encourage and support a criminal lifestyle can bring changes in behavior.
Addiction can also impair your ability to do well in school or hold a good job. For some, addiction may evolve into selling drugs or cultivating them. And unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, explains that the cycle of using and selling drugs is also linked to a higher incidence of property crimes and crimes against other people. With the loss of steady income that is a common consequence of addiction, and an expensive habit to support, the addiction may win until you get help.
Legal Ramifications Don’t Help People Recover
When crimes are committed to support an addiction, many people find themselves in legal trouble. But jail has proven time and again to do nothing toward offering help for addictions, asserts NCADD, so incarceration only temporarily stops the behavior. The cycle is in limbo, and the addicted person isn’t getting the meaningful treatment they need.
Rehab centers are the missing link, so to speak. Where jail is only a stopgap, treatment can help break the whole cycle – addiction, and any drug-related tendency toward criminal activity. A DUI on your record could impair your ability to find certain work. A drug-related charge could affect your ability to find any work at all. One arrest can create a cycle of its own. But the right treatment can stop the cycle, and put you on the road to becoming healthy again.
Rehab Centers Help You Put Your Life Back Together
Rehab centers treat the whole person after the substances are cleared from the body. Programs include identifying underlying causes that might have led to addiction, helping eliminate old habits and develop new ones, and just about anything else in between. And a vital part of the help that Cornerstone offers is legal assistance.
We understand that if you’re putting energy into defending yourself against a legal issue, you can’t focus on getting well. Our Alternative Sentencing Assistance Program (ASAP) is approved by local drug court and probation programs to provide an alternative to jail time for drug-related charges. Our court liaisons will advocate on your behalf so you can get the help and treatment you need. A court liaison may assist your attorney, report on your progress to the Department of Corrections, offer therapeutic and psychiatric information, drug testing results, outline your aftercare plans, and provide other services as needed by your unique case. Most importantly, this program can be an alternative to serving jail time.
At Cornerstone Recovery Center, we know that addictions can create circumstances and legal issues that seem beyond your control. But we are here to help you navigate through all of that so you can focus on the most important thing of all – your recovery.