I say go back to tough love, but do it with very tough laws. Do some quick
internet research and you will see the United States is very soft. The soft
approach is frequently favored by professionals and organizations that are just
looking for job security.
@at long lastWe don't leave them to suffer consequences because
God doesn't do that with us.
Thank you; this article has inspired me to help more actively and regularly. I
am 63 years old, clean and sober for 12+ years, just a regular old housewife,
married, 6 kids (none of them are drug addicts), never lived on the street or
killed anybody, and don't worry, 'at long last', every single one
of "us" suffer our very own consequences.............for the rest of our
lives. What ever happened to non-judgmental on the surface
alone?..........particularly without sufficient personal education on the
subject. God Bless ALL of us who live and breathe!
How about let people suffer the consequences of their actions? Nearly all
actions an individual takes in his life have reasonable predictable results.
Why not allow the normal reasonable and logical results to occur? Whatever
happened to personal responsibility?
Rehabilitating addicts is an extremely tough, long process with limited success.
Even then, long term consequences remain. We need to find a better
way to prevent drug and alcohol addiction in the first place. What we are doing
now is not working. Imagine how much time and treasure it would save society if
we could prevent these addictions. They are a terrible drain on the justice
system, healthcare system, social welfare system, etc, etc.
Thank you so much for this article. Addiction is so hard to understand for
those whose lives have been touched by it. People struggle everyday with the
decision to use or not to use and need all the help they can get. That said
family members have to be strong and remember to take care of themselves first
or they will not be able to take of others. It's a horrible battle and
God bless those who have made it to the other side.