Drugs are linked to nearly half the crimes committed in the U.S., according to Drug Addiction Support, a statistics site. Substance abuse centers can help addicts detoxify, but many find themselves in trouble with the law before they make the decision to seek help.
More counties are establishing drug courts to give addicts a second chance, according to the Savannah Morning News. Alana Wolfe is one example of an individual who fell on hard times due to drugs. After landing in a Chatham county jail, Wolfe decided to take advantage of the local drug court to turn her life around.
“Without it I don’t know where I would be today,” Wolfe told the news source. “I probably would be dead. It definitely saved my life.”
After two years in the Savannah-Chatham county drug court, Wolfe has sobered up and began working toward renewing her nursing license. She currently helps a group of medical professionals who have also fallen on hard times, sharing her story to inspire others to come clean.
Drug addiction costs the U.S. approximately $484 billion every year, according to Drug Addiction Support. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals detoxify, but drug courts can also provide the assistance addicts need to turn their lives around.