Drug abuse treatment works and brings about reductions not just in drug abuse, but also in criminal 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.
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.