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Substance Abuse Treatment is a Cost Effective Alternative

The number of adults involved in the criminal justice system has soared from about 1.8 million in 1980 to 7 million today. The connection between drug abuse and crime is well documented by research. Drug abuse is implicated in at least three types of drug related offenses: (1) offenses defined by drug possession or sales; (2) offenses directly related to drug abuse (e.g., thief to acquire money for drugs); and (3) offenses related to a criminogenic lifestyle that predisposes the drug abuser to engage in illegal activity.[1] For instance, one-half to two-thirds of inmates in jails and State and Federal prisons meet standard diagnostic criteria (DSM) for alcohol/drug dependence or abuse. Yet only 7% to 17% of these inmates receive substance abuse treatment services in jail or prison, so that most of the over 650,000 inmates released back into our communities each year have not received needed substance abuse treatment services.[2]

The total estimated costs of drug abuse and addiction due to use of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs are estimated at $524 billion a year. Illicit drug use alone accounts for $181 billion in health care, productivity loss, crime, incarceration and drug enforcement.[3] Studies demonstrate it is actually less expensive for jurisdictions to treat substance-abusing offenders than to house them untreated in jail or prison. It is estimated that every dollar invested in substance abuse treatment yields $7 in benefits. The net benefits are primarily due to reduced costs of crime and increased employment earnings. The total costs related to crime and incarceration decreased by $7,500 per person treated, while employment earnings increased by $3,400.[4]

Community-based treatment is an effective alternative and provides a workable solution to reintegrate substance-abusing offenders back into the community. Community-based treatment provides a pathway to employment, education and other prosocial and non-criminogenic behaviors that build communities and promote public safety. An in-depth study of a Delaware prison revealed that compared to in-prison substance abuse treatment, a transitional program composed of a combination of work release, drug treatment, and aftercare services provided a more effective environment for successful offender reentry. [5]

Substance abuse treatment services can be incorporated into criminal justice system in a variety of cost effective ways. These include treatment as a condition of probation, drug courts that blend judicial monitoring and sanctions with treatment, treatment in prison followed by community-based treatment after discharge, and treatment under parole or probation.[6]

At Cenikor, we believe that treatment is an effective alternative to prison. Treatment is an important aspect of assisting individuals in curbing their habits and forming new goals that make them become productive citizens in the communities in which they live. If you would like further information, please visit our website at www.cenikor.org or contact us at 888-236-4567. We are happy to help.

 

[1] National Institute on Drug Abuse (July 2006). Treatment for Drug Abuser in the Criminal Justice System

[2] National Institute on Drug Abuse (May 2011). Treating Offenders with Drug Problems: Integrating Public Health and Public Safety

[3] Ibid

[4] Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (August 2006). Economic Benefits of Treating Substance Abuse Outweigh Costs

[5] Justice Policy Institute (January 2008). Substance Abuse Treatment and Public Safety

[6] National Institute on Drug Abuse (July 2006). Treatment for Drug Abuser in the Criminal Justice System

Comments
  1. Joseph Stevens

    February 23, 2017 - 6:40 pm

    I have a client I am working with in our local detention center and he made contact with someone expressing interest in your program. Due to being in jail a pre-arranged call would be necessary for interview. Is there anyway you can “schedule” an interview call so we can make arrangements at the jail?

    • Stacey Maddox

      February 23, 2017 - 10:34 pm

      Yes, we can accommodate a specific time to conduct a screening for this individual. Please contact our Access Center at 1-888-236-4567.

  2. Sarah

    December 23, 2016 - 12:07 am

    I am on the waiting list for detox and long term residential and was wondering about any programs to help with the $450 you have to have before you get into long-term residential? That is the only thing stopping me at this point..I’ve been through OSAR and was referred to yalls program..The long term sounds almost to good to be true..guess it is if it’s $450! Just asking for some help, to get help I guess….Thank you for your time, and I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Merry Christmas!!!

    • Kari Schoeffler

      December 27, 2016 - 2:22 pm

      Hello Sarah,

      Thank you for reaching out. It is my understanding that a member of the Admissions and Access Center team have been in touch with you. If you have any further questions, or if we can help with other inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at 1-888-236-4567. We look forward to being of service to you. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Eric

    December 13, 2016 - 10:26 pm

    I have been trying to get in touch with someone about a substance abuse program and never get a call or email back about financial options for those with no insurance.

    • Kari Schoeffler

      December 20, 2016 - 2:19 pm

      Hello Eric. Thank you for reaching out. Allow me to offer some additional assistance. As you have provided your email address, I will share with a member of the Access Center and have them reach out directly. You are welcome to call our 1-888-236-4567 number and we have representatives ready to answer your questions about financial options and treatment availability. I will share this message immediately and ask someone to reach out via email ASAP! Thank you for your kindness and best wishes for your day ahead!

  4. Sheila

    November 13, 2016 - 8:31 pm

    My son is a 28 year old homeless man. He’s been living in someone’s utility she’d just recently. He contacted me today asking for help in finding a detox and long term rehab program.
    I’ve prayed for help for my son for a long time but also understand it has to be his decision to seek help. Now he’s asking for help. Please, contact me to discuss your program.

    • Stacey Maddox

      November 14, 2016 - 2:11 pm

      Thank you Sheila for your interest in our program. A member of our Access Center will be reaching out to you via email. You and your son are welcome to call us directly at 1-888-236-4567. We look forward to talking with you and wish you and your family the best moving forward.

  5. Shelley d Boyd

    November 9, 2016 - 2:35 pm

    Hi I tried contCtcting you a few mo this back. I never recieved an email. Or i overlooked it. I really am very interedtef in the detox provtam

    • Stacey Maddox

      November 14, 2016 - 1:42 pm

      Thank you Shelley for your interest in the detoxification program. A member of our Access Center has reached out to you directly via the email you provided. You are welcome to call us directly at 1-888-236-4567. We look forward to talking with you and wish you nothing but the very best for the path forward.

  6. Jennifer Barney

    October 19, 2016 - 6:43 pm

    I am inquiring about your treatment program for a friend of mine. He has been in and out of jail and is looking for a good treatment center. Is there a way to discuss cost of treatment?

    • Kari Schoeffler

      October 19, 2016 - 7:29 pm

      Hello Jennifer. Thank you for your comment and your interest in our programs. We would be happy to talk with you, to share some information on pricing, and hope to be of help to your friend in need. We often work with members within local criminal justice and strive to help people to rebuild their lives. We offer a number of payment options and do all we can to eliminate financial barriers to treatment. A member of our Access Center will contact you directly via the email you provided. We hope to be of help to you and look forward to discussing the right program to suit your friend’s specific needs. You are welcome to call us directly at 1-888-236-4567. We look forward to talking with you and wish you nothing but the very best for the day ahead.

  7. Shelley Boyd

    September 2, 2016 - 9:13 pm

    I would like to join the detox program

    • Kari Schoeffler

      September 6, 2016 - 1:55 pm

      Good Day Shelley. Thank you for your comment and interest in our program. A member of our Access Center has reached out to you directly via the email you provided. We hope to be of help to you and look forward to discussing the right program to suit your specific needs. You are welcome to call us directly at 1-888-236-4567. We look forward to talking with you and wish you nothing but the very best for the path forward.

  8. Sarah Smith

    July 14, 2016 - 10:09 pm

    My brother is heavy into substance abuse. Thanks for the advice about how it’s more efficient to have treatment in a facility than it is in a jail. I’ll have to see about getting my brother into treatment before he ends up in jail.

    • Cenikor Foundation

      July 15, 2016 - 6:29 pm

      We hope that the information was helpful to you and your family. Thank you for the positive feedback. If we can help you or a member of your family in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-888-236-4567.

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