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Friday, December 26, 2008

Drug Rehab Or Revolving Door?

Blue Ridge Now

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Their first love might be the rum or vodka or gin and juice that is going around the bonfire. Or maybe the smoke, the potent marijuana that grows in the misted hills here like moss on a wet stone.

But it hardly matters. Here as elsewhere in the country, some users start early, fall fast and in their reckless prime can swallow, snort, inject or smoke anything available, from crystal meth to prescription pills to heroin and ecstasy. And treatment, if they get it at all, can seem like a joke.

“After the first couple of times I went through, they basically told me that there was nothing they could do,” said Angella, a 17-year-old from the central Oregon city of Bend, who by freshman year in high school was drinking hard liquor every day, smoking pot and sampling a variety of harder drugs. “They were like, ‘Uh, I don’t think so.’ ”

She tried residential programs twice, living away from home for three months each time. In those, she learned how dangerous her habit was, how much pain it was causing others in her life. She worked on strengthening her relationship with her grandparents, with whom she lived. For two months or so afterward she stayed clean.

“Then I went right back,” Angella said in an interview. “After a while, you know, you just start missing your friends.”....


Anonymous said...

This is a very good look at how other states are making these for profit programs be accountable. You have to audit and check, however, if a 95 percent participation rate in programs is yielding a better end result. Unfortunately, these for profit companies lie and the participants can arrive and be there physically, but not mentally, or just check in and leave. This is what happens in many programs in Colorado. The IRT program in Alamosa has employees that do not show up to teach the "classes" and much time is spent on smoke breaks.

Anonymous said...

We all know the war on drugs is a total failure as was prohibiyion of alcohol!!! So why not stop, legalize drugs as we did alcohol. Misuse and abuse will bring penaltys just as in alcohol.
Also how many other forms of addiction do we have??? How about those who are addicted to money?? Addicted to hunting?? Addicted to smoking, and ect.
We have a constitution and a bill of rights that is supposed to be guiding us!! Isnt it time to go back to using and following that document? djw

Anonymous said...

The Constitution and Bill of Rights should never have been abused to begin with. Bush and Cheney are thugs. Bush literally said about the Constitution: "It's just a g*damn piece of paper."

Search it. He said it. It's documented --- along with all of the other bushisms. The guy doesn't have an I.Q. worthy of anything. His position and money were inherited by Bush, Sr.

Prescott Bush funded the Nazi's. That is documented also.

It's no wonder the prosecution and judges incarcerated ridiculously high in 2006. It is so very obvious they are one and the same. No conscience, no class. Quota, dumb asses.

Anonymous said...

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This is the best way to treat troubled teens.


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