Carla OdomEnc 1102Prof. Hanh20 March 2019Substance abuse treatment as an alternative to incarcerationIntroduction:The evolution of substance abuse is becoming more problematic today with daily recreational use, easy accessibility and lack of coping skills to help individuals stay abstinence. With drug related offenses, people are being incarcerated and charged with felonies due to their substance problem. While incarcerated, they are forced to endure the full aspect of their disease until their remaining sentence. Relapse increase significantly because these offenders are release back to their community with little to no treatment involved. All services must be explored to return these individuals back into their own communities as productive members of their society. Thesis:Far too often, individuals who struggle with substance abuse are incarcerated for their drug use. As a result, they are forced to suffer mentally and physically without proper treatment. With appropriate care, these individuals can become productive members of their own society.I.Substance Abuse occurs when an individual misuse a mood-altering drugof its intended purpose.A. Substance abuse becomes problematic when individuals lack the coping skills when encountered with traumatic experiences.B. Many people who have a substance addiction are likely diagnosed with mental health and/or mental illness.1. Depression can stem from many factors of a person’s life, but misdiagnoses or treatment can have a major effect on how it correlates to drug abuse.