The “before and after” of drug use and abuse is visible. We can see it in the world around us, and perhaps with a friend or family member. We see the changes in the person’s appearance, their physical condition, and his or her manner of dealing with life and other people. And although we cannot necessarily see the internal mental and spiritual changes, we experience them in our families, in our neighborhoods and cities, and throughout our society at large. They are not good changes, and a once social, law-abiding person often turns to crime as a result of drugs use.
The Relationship between Drugs and Crime
There is seemingly an ever increasing number of drugs which a person can potentially become addicted to. Whether it is heroin, meth, painkillers, marijuana, psychiatric drugs, prescription drugs, or any of a long list of dangerous substances, the truth of the matter remains that it is illegal to possess, or to manufacture, or to sell or distribute them. Although alcohol consumption is not illegal for those of legal drinking age, it is against the law to drive under the influence. Drug habits demand that the addict get what drugs he must have in an attempt to satisfy the craving, and to stave-off the emotional and physical pain of withdrawal.
A drug habit is inevitably expensive to support, and it opens the door to drug-related crimes. And the emotional and mental changes an individual experiences as a result of the use and abuse of drugs, including a deterioration of their responsibility for self and others, a state of emotional shut-off, drug-induced aggression and violence, and the abandonment of the moral code of society by which they are bound, paves the way for the antisocial activity of committing crimes against others and their property.
The 5 Most Likely Crimes
Drug-related crimes fall into three main categories. There are the crimes committed due to the addicts actual taking of his or her drug of choice, those committed due to the addicts necessity to pay for his or her drug habit, and those crimes committed due to the drug system itself, such as the manufacturing or selling of these illegal substances.
Based on drug-related crime research, it was also found that crimes, in part, can be the result of drug-induced and altered feelings of invincibility, aggression, inability to discern right from wrong, and a disassociation from existing environment and the people in it. The five drug-related crimes which addicts are most likely to commit involve crimes against property, driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol, shoplifting, the dealing of drugs, and engaging in acts of violence.
According to some U.S Bureau of Justice statistics gathered in 2002, nearly 25% of convicted property offenders incarcerated in local jails were there as a result of committing the crime to obtain money they needed to get drugs. At the level of state and federal prisons for the year 2004, 18% of those incarcerated in Federal prisons committed the crime to get money for drugs; and in the State prisons in the US, 17 % followed suit.
Stopping Drug Abuse & Crime
Stated in its most basic simplicity, drug use and abuse causes good people to do bad things. And it begs the question, can anything be done about it. It is entirely likely that drug use, abuse and addiction is the number one problem facing America and most, if not all, of the countries in the world today. Drugs have served to fray the moral fiber of which good conduct and a sense of right and wrong is made. One alternative drug rehabilitation program, delivered by Narconon, includes study of The Way To Happiness, A Common Sense Guide to Better Living, capable of restoring a person’s sense of personal values and providing a guideline for decent conduct. And that is where we need to start.