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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Drug abuse treatment works and brings about reductions not just in drug abuse, but also in criminal recidivism.

Treatment reduces drug use and recidivism

A therapeutic community approach (CREST) was tested in prison and continued during participants’ transition back to the community. Among those who completed treatment and aftercare programs, 35% remained drug free, and 69% were not arrested within three years of release from incarceration. These reductions in turn yield significant cost savings and provide hope for families and communities devastated by addiction.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (July 1 2008). Drug abuse treatment works and brings about reductions not just in drug abuse, but also in criminal recidivism.. In Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/addiction-science/relapse/drug-abuse-treatment-works-brings-about-reductions-not-just-in-drug-abuse-also-in-crim

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