Nobody begins using drugs expecting to develop a problem. At first, the problems associated with the drug use is limited to their immediate family and friends. As the addiction develops into full blown dependency, the negative influences expand beyond their family and friends into the community in which they live. As the active addiction in NH grows more serious, its social impact expands exponentially in a multitude of ways.
Whether we like it or not, we are all eventually affected in one way or another by drug and alcohol addiction. It might be a close relative or friend, a neighbor or co-worker or someone you haven’t met yet, but sooner or later substance abuse will touch our lives. We must actively try to prevent it and support those who need help to once again live a sober life.
In the workplace, substance abuse is costly in terms of lost work time and inefficiency. Drug users are more likely to have occupational accidents, endangering themselves and those around them. They are also more likely to have more unplanned absences or poor performance from work which caused loss of productivity to everyone in the organization. As the individual falls further into addiction, they will find it harder to maintain steady employment and eventually become unemployable , which can lead to theft, robbery, arson, and other crimes against property as the addict struggles to feed their growing habit.
80 percent of crimes committed by criminal offenders, parolees and probationers involve abuse of “multipliers of crime” such as alcohol or illegal substances.
Public demands for tighter controls on illegal drug activity typically result in seizures and arrests, which creates a vicious cycle. The street prices of any drugs that are not seized become inflated which in turn forces addicts who are desperate to obtain those drugs to pay higher prices for them. This then causes them to commit criminal acts in order to gain access to money to buy the substances they crave.
Over half the highway deaths in the United States involve alcohol. Fatalities related to drug abuse, such as violent crimes by substance abusers, overdoses by the drug users themselves and even childhood fatalities resulting from substance abuse by the child’s primary caregivers also affect a community. Indeed, substance abuse has been cited as a contributing factor in “as many as two-thirds of all cases of child maltreatment fatalities,” according to the Handbook on Child Maltreatment of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that $67 billion is spent each year on handling the problems associated with substance addiction. This drain on the economy by health care resources and law enforcement can ultimately bankrupt or destroy communities.
The use of illegal drugs is often associated with crimes against persons such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault as well as crimes against property such as burglary, larceny/theft, serious motor vehicle offenses and arson. They conclude that without question, drug use and criminality are closely linked.
What is the Solution?
We at Addiction Recovery Coalition believe that now is the time for action! Our program was founded to find creative solutions to help more young people make healthy choices and avoid substance abuse. We provide safe, affordable, sober and drug free living for 12 to 18 months after a detoxification and intensive treatment program.
We believe the typical 30 to 90 day intensive drug treatment approach, while helpful, is simply not enough for most suffering with addiction to build the foundations and daily accountability necessary for permanent recovery. With scant recovery beds available and 60 to 100 day waiting periods for rehabilitation centers, we must pursue recovery solutions that enhance long term success of present clinical rehabilitation programs.
Multiple studies have shown that extending support and recovery stay length by even several months decreases the percentages of relapse dramatically.
We believe ARC Recovery Residences can make that difference and thus affect a practical, affordable and reproducible solution to the present addiction crisis in New Hampshire. Together we can make a difference.