By: Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin PhD.
“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” ~Nelson Mandela
- Sin and personal trial in the religious community
- Searching for meaning in the spiritual community
- It’s a choice and symptomatic of underlying conditions in the socio-cultural community
- It’s a disease that’s medically fixable: however, chronic in the medical community
- It’s a disease and we have known the solution for a long time in the recovery community
Three Strikes; You’re Out
What Is Addiction?
Regardless of Definition, Addiction is Real
“The man takes a drink or drug, the drink takes a drink (The drug takes a drug), the drink or drug takes the man!” -Author Unknown
- Medical community members: doctors, clinicians, and scientists
- A faith-based community of the Reverends, Rabbis, Yogis, and healers.
- Twelve-step community, and grassroots programs
- Secular recovery
- Some addicts rely on self-help
The types of treatment, support, and help have expanded over the years to include:
- Harm Reduction, Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
- Neuroscience, Motivational Interviewing,
- Inpatient, outpatient, Aftercare, Medication Assisted Treatment, Detox,
- Recovery Coaching, Family Recovery Coaching,
- Interventions, Sober Companions, Sponsors, Peer Mentors,
- Therapy, Counseling,
- Sober Housing, Residential treatment
Help – Expert or Experienced?
- “Recovery is a daily reprieve contingent upon the maintenance of one’s spiritual condition.” -AA basic Text
- There are many different pathways to recovery
- Recovery is self-directed and empowering
- Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change
- The root of addiction is self-centeredness, shame is at the core
- Recovery is holistic
- Recovery has many cultural dimensions
- Recovery exists on a continuum of improvement in wellness and overall health
- Recovery is born of gratitude and hope
- Recovery is a process of self-discovery and healing
- Recovery has several support systems
- Recovery involves a process of rebuilding and re-establishing a life and community
“Unforgiveness denies the victim the possibility of parole and leaves them stuck in the prison of what was, incarcerating them in their trauma and relinquishing the chance to escape beyond the pain.” ― T.D. Jakes
- Provide resources to other departments and communities
- Support others in the fight against the opioid addiction epidemic
- Help distribute life -saving opioid-blocking drugs
- Train officers and others in treatment of overdoses
- Connect addicts with treatment providers at low or no cost
- Encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery through awareness, prevention, and education
“I’ve met good men—yes, good men—in prison who made mistakes out of stupidity or ignorance, greed, or just bad judgment, but they did not need to be sent to prison to be punished; eighteen months for catching too many fish; two years for inflating income on a mortgage application; three months for selling a whale’s tooth on eBay; fifteen years for a first-time nonviolent drug conspiracy in which no drugs were found or seized.
There are thousands of people like these in our prisons today, costing American taxpayers billions of dollars when these individuals could be punished in smarter, alternative ways.
“Our courts are over-punishing decent people who make mistakes, and our prisons have no rewards or incentives for good behavior. In this alone criminal justice and prison systems contradict their own mission statements .”― Bernard B. Kerik
- New Beginning Ministry, Inc. of Beach Lake, Pennsylvania has partnered with them offering scholarship beds, awareness, prevention, and education.
- The Addictions Academy Miami, Florida has offered officers pro-bono Professional Recovery Coach Training and Certification.