Scientific research since the mid-1970s shows that drug abuse treatment can help many drug abusing offenders change their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors towards drug abuse, avoid relapse, and successfully remove themselves from a life of substance abuse and crime. It is true that legal pressure might be needed to get a person into treatment and help them stay there. Once in a treatment program, however, even those who are not motivated to change at first can eventually become engaged in a continuing treatment process.
Las investigaciones científicas realizadas desde mediados de los años setenta indican que cuando reciben tratamiento para la drogadicción, muchos de los delincuentes que abusan de drogas cambian sus actitudes, creencias y comportamientos hacia el abuso de drogas, evitan las recaídas, y se apartan exitosamente de una vida de abuso de sustancias y de crimen.
Reports findings from a survey that revealed that although substance abuse is prevalent in jails and prisons, many correctional facilities do not offer detoxification services or therapies to aid in maintaining abstinence.