Why We Should Prioritize Alternatives to Incarceration for People Struggling With Addiction & Mental Health Issues

Why We Should Prioritize Alternatives to Incarceration for People Struggling With Addiction & Mental Health Issues
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Criminalization and incarceration of people with non-violent offenses that have co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health disorders has created an expensive and self-perpetuating cycle of intergenerational trauma without society providing an adequate approach. We should be working on a “whole person” solution that would enable these individuals to heal holistically from the causes and conditions behind their crimes. When you address the root causes and build a livable foundation in recovery over time you can create a lasting solution to reduce recidivism, relapse into active addiction, forced mental health institutionalization, and chronic homelessness.

To read more about this topic, click here to view the full article originally posted on Thrive Global.