How Does the Passing of Prop 47 Affect Addicts?

As debate continues to stir regarding the recent passing of Proposition 47, it has come into question how this will affect the world of treating addiction. Also known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, many Californians are displeased with the passing of this proposition. However, as the war on drugs experiences a significant blow, those with addiction disorder may finally receive the help they have been yearning for all these years.

The overcrowding of our prisons is not new knowledge, and many of the “criminals” that have been spending years behind bars were restricted from receiving the treatment they deserve due to incarceration. The 40,000 drug-related felonies that will soon be reduced to misdemeanors show a mutual agreement that incarceration is simply not the answer.

Those who are eligible to take advantage of the passing of Proposition 47 are those who are serving time for non-violent acts of drug possession. Many of the approximately 10,000 California inmates that qualify to request re-sentencing through this legislation are individuals who were fueling an addiction disorder. During their time behind bars, it is almost guaranteed that their desire to consume the drug that got them there in the first place has become enhanced. Rather than approaching these soon-to-be released inmates with displeasure, it is important that we provide them with the treatment necessary to prevent and eliminate future occurrences.

At Inspire Malibu, we acknowledge the scientific components of addiction as a brain disorder with behavioral symptoms. By addressing addiction head on, we have developed a proven and effective approach to treating the psychological and emotional components of addiction. We offer the same amount of comprehensive professional care to each of our patients that can be compared to the care of any other treatable condition.

Treating addiction does not involve a cookie-cutter treatment plan. At Inspire Malibu, we understand the unique treatment needs of each patient, which is why we work exclusively with each patient to determine which of our various treatment options would best treat their addiction. If someone you love is experiencing signs of addiction, please do not hesitate to make the move towards treating the disorder by contacting us today.




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