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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Keeping Drugs Out of Treatment Facilities

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There are thousands of drug and alcohol treatment facilities in the United States alone, they all share the common goal of helping individuals find and maintain sobriety. Unfortunately, the task at hand is not an easy one and many addicts struggle to ground themselves in the ideas of sobriety and the thought that they will never use again in their life. A number of people who go to treatment are not ready to make the decision to live a life free from substances and they will go to any length to get drugs into the treatment facility.

Treatment centers need to be ever vigilant with keeping drugs out of their facilities, which is a uphill battle to say the least. As of late, a number of cases of drugs being smuggled into treatment centers, show just how difficult it is to keep drugs out use, according to USA Today.

Prosecutors in New Jersey had seven men arrested, as well as five employees, at Veterans Affairs treatment facilities on charges of distributing heroin, crack cocaine and painkillers. A patient at a locked state drug treatment facility in Minnesota was sentenced to four years in prison, after smuggling and using heroin and other drugs brought into the facility via shampoo bottles and pockets of jeans.

“Addicts will go to great lengths to get drugs,” said Carol Falkowski, former director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division at Minnesota’s Department of Human Services, who also worked at the Hazelden Foundation. Patients at facilities can often convince friends, family or their former dealers to smuggle in drugs for them, she said. “It happens all the time,” she noted. “Historically, it’s something that every treatment center has to deal with.”

It is clear that treatment centers can not leave any stone unturned when it comes to screening their patients. When just one patient is successful at smuggling drugs into a program it puts every patient at risk, especially in “new recovery,” because patients are not equipped to handle those types of situations.
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  1. I love this Post... I myself have over 16 years clean and sober. I still rember speaking at a prison treatment center, and a minister was arrested for smuggling drugs in, it seems his family was threatened unless he did it for the gangs there..Addiction is a tough nut to break, but once you do, oh the freedom!
    Dan D

  2. Great article Whiteside. It is really important to keep drugs out of rehab centers. If inpatients are able to get drugs in the rehab centers then there is no use of the rehabilitation programs.


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