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will also bring up the points of why all should want to better each other, such as the future for children. I will try to tie in the audience emotions by stories of drug users as well as my personal experience with family and the system. Main Points in Paragraph Form: Someone who suffers from an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, already knows how hard it is to maintain relationships, a job, and everyday tasks while dealing with your addiction. When you add in criminal charges due to addiction, trying to kick your addiction is almost impossible when it comes to serving jail time. This is why when released, a lot of the times addiction still happens. Addiction is believed to be a disease. The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes it as a “chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes
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compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her.” (Journey, 2018) As a society, it is hard to argue with most individuals that people guilty of drug related charges deserve jail time. When drugs are involved, many instances a mandatory sentence is used (Journey, 2018). Meaning, an offender to a minimum stay in jail or prison. Most politicians and law enforcement officials want people who break the law to be punished, which does not solve the addiction at hand. Yes, sending an offender to jail would force them to detox from drugs but this does not teach them why they should leave the drug life alone. Addiction is a long-term chronic disease of the brain. Removing a user from drugs doesn’t make the urge go away but suffocates it. Rehab does not view detox the same as completing a full treatment program. It is viewing as only the first step. For proper and helpful kick to addiction, finding the underlying reason for their use is critical. This doesn’t happen in the prison system.
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