Why Should Drug Users Be Rehabilitated?

There are several types of drugs that can be used as healing drugs and those that are legal and can be used for treatment. But with the use of certain levels and according to the doctor’s prescription. But Narcotics is a problem when consumed without supervision from a health professional or doctor. If someone uses drugs without supervision from a doctor, it will be very dangerous for the user because generally, drugs contain toxic substances that can cause drug users to always be dependent or addicted to these drugs, damage the organs of the body, affect the reduction of one’s thinking power or making the mind irrational and permanent brain damage. The more terrible result is death. And in this case, drug users can be called victims. Then do they deserve to enter prison bars?

Following the articles of narcotics (possessing, storing, controlling, providing illegal group I narcotics) which are threatened with imprisonment and fines. That article makes the victims of drug users be jailed. In the concept of decriminalization, judges are given the choice to pass a sentence on rehabilitation or imprisonment of drug users.

However, we all believe that Drug Rehab is far better than prison. If users are rehabilitated, they will recover from their dependence and are reluctant to consume illicit goods again. Because the legal construction in this country adheres to the double-track criminal justice system, which in essence, drug users can be imprisoned or rehabilitated based on the verdict. We also deserve anxiety because we do not know whether in prison cells are safe from drug trafficking.

We welcome the rescue program for drug users. So that later, drug users will no longer be imprisoned but will be rehabilitated, on the condition that users must report. All have obligations to help release them from dependence.

Prisons are not a safe place from drug collections. There are many drug smuggling routes to enter the prison, and we cannot be safe in a prison cell. The weak supervision of drug networks is included in the cells of detainees, making the drug business grow rapidly.

A dealer or dealer is not necessarily an addict, but addicts have great potential as dealers because the doses they consume are increasingly increasing and the price of goods is no longer free so inevitably to be able to survive, funds must be provided by justifying some ways to become a porter on campus. The death penalty is appropriate for dealers and dealers because they destroy and destroy the generation of the nation.

Entering rehabilitation is a better way than a prison cell. Although it requires not a little time. The following are several stages of rehabilitation:

1. Addicts are examined for all their physical and mental health by a trained doctor. Doctors decide whether addicts need to be given certain drugs to reduce the withdrawal symptoms (overdosage) that he suffered. Provision of medication depends on the type of drug and the severity of withdrawal symptoms. In this case, the doctor needs sensitivity, experience, and expertise to detect the symptoms of drug addiction. This stage is called medical rehabilitation (detoxification),

2. During the non-medical rehabilitation phase, this stage addicts participate in the rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation Centers in Cape Town are now being built, for example. In this place of rehabilitation, addicts undergo various programs including therapeutic communities (TC), and others.

3. Stage of further development (aftercare), these stage addicts are given activities following their interests and talents to fill in daily activities, addicts can return to school or workplace but remain under supervision.

For each stage of rehabilitation, it is necessary to monitor and evaluate continuously the recovery process of an addict. I have had a friend on campus. He is a user and in the advanced stage (aftercare). On-campus he is cold and quiet, less able to get along with others and if the class is busy working on assignments (I happen to go to graphic design majors so the task is mostly practice and in groups) he is always having trouble finding groups of friends while others are reluctant to invite because lazy with its nature. A few days later one class was told that we should help him get out of drug addiction. Our responses vary but most do not accept and are reluctant to get along with an addict. So supervision is very important so that the environment is not supportive or even plunges into an atmosphere that makes it return to drugs.

The therapeutic method is also used like Cold Turkey where an addict immediately stops using drugs / addictive substances. This method is the oldest method, by confining addicts to drug withdrawals without giving drugs. After the withdrawal symptoms disappear, the addict is excluded and included in a counseling session (nonmedical rehabilitation). This method is widely used by several rehabilitation institutions with a religious approach in its detoxification phase. While opioid substitution therapy is only used for patients with heroin dependence (opioids). In users of hardcore addicts (users of opioids who have been using injection methods for years), addicts usually experience chronic recurrence and need to undergo dependency therapy repeatedly. The need for heroin (illegal narcotics) is replaced (substitution) with legal narcotics. Some commonly used drugs are codeine, buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. These drugs are used as detoxification drugs and are given in doses that are appropriate to the needs of the addict, then gradually the dosage is lowered.

Therapeutic community (TC). This method came into use in the late 1950s in the United States. The main goal is to help addicts be able to return to the center of society and be able to return to a productive life. The TC program is a program called the Drug Free Self Help Program. This program has nine elements, namely active participation, feedback from the membership, role modeling, collective format for personal change, sharing of norms and values, structure & systems, open communication, group relations and the use of unique terminology. Activities in the TC will help participants learn to recognize themselves through five areas of personality development, namely behavioral, emotional/psychological, intellectual & spiritual, vocational and educational management, skills to stay clean of drugs.

Don’t get me wrong, rehabilitation can also fail. Many drug users have been in and out but have not yet managed to escape from dependence even though they have undergone several therapies in many places but the results are not significant.

There are many reasons why rehabilitation fails, for example, psychological factors are not normal, incomplete detoxification, incomplete recovery of bodily functions, family unpreparedness in the transition period, unavailability of activities that make them focus, lack of a border for immunity from unhealthy environmental contamination.

Rehabilitation is indeed better than prison bars but anti-drugs is far better. Avoid these illicit items. If we already know and dare to try it will be very difficult for us to be free from the things that destroy life.

Believe life is more beautiful and valuable without having to use drugs, say “SAY NO TO DRUGS!” … Beware and watchful of unclean goods roaming around us.