September is Recovery Month, a month-long observance dedicated to celebrating people in recovery, noting the contributions of drug and alcohol abuse treatment providers, promoting the benefits of treating those with substance abuse disorders, and spreading the message that treatment can be successful.
Some crimes are directly related to the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Most addicts are not bad people at heart; their addictions take hold of them and change the way they behave. When an addict needs a drink or a drug fix, he or she may do almost anything to fulfill that need. Addiction is linked to increases in several types of crime:
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse
The National Center for Victims of Crime explains that punishing addicts does not deter them from drug and alcohol use. Serving jail time or performing community service does nothing to address the root causes of alcohol and drug abuse. Additionally, addiction treatment should include follow-up care for the program to be really successful. When an inmate leaves jail, there is often little chance that he or she will receive additional care. These addicts can fall through the cracks, and many return to their former lifestyles and commit additional crimes.
Anyone accused of committing a crime while under the influence of drugs or alcohol should have an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for their rights. The Maryland drug crime defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer have decades of experience representing individuals in the Washington, D.C. area who have been charged with drug-related crimes. For a free consultation to discuss your case, call Alpert Schreyer, LLC at (301) 262-7005 or toll free at (866) 444-6363.