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Support is crucial for people addicted to drugs

While many people see drugs as a criminal issue, for the people who are using them, drugs are more of a health issue. Drug addiction is a real issue that must be addressed if the person is going to have any hope of getting clean and avoiding future criminal charges.

A person who is facing criminal charges for drugs will have to face those charges. This can make it rather difficult to get the help with the addiction that they need. They might be able to stay off of the drugs while they are in jail or prison, but throwing them right back into the real world when their sentence is completed can be a recipe for disaster.

Colorado does have a Drug Court program that can help addicts to get the help they need -- as long as they qualify for the program. Some people might not qualify, and that can be devastating for them.

For the people who want to overcome the addiction, whether they can participate in drug court or not, having a strong support system is necessary. This system should include mental health professionals, social workers, and community members who can help to keep the person on the right track, away from drugs and avoid the people who will get them back to the drugs that have caused such an issue in their life.

Using support groups is another way that recovering addicts can get the help they need. These support groups put them into contact with people who have been in the same place they are now. Having people who have overcome the dark place of addiction can also provide inspiration.

While Drug Court isn't an option for everyone, it is something to find out about if you are facing drug possession charges and want to make a life change. Other options might also exist, so check them all out before you make a decision about what to pursue.

Source: Healthy Place, "Importance of Drug Addiction Support," Natasha Tracy, accessed Feb. 14, 2017

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