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Many won't make it the 18 years I have as an addict. In fact, I can no longer count how many friends, family members and associates this "disease" has taken from me.
I referred to addiction as a disease, and in my opinion that is the way it should be treated.
In my case I felt no desire to steal from anyone or con my family out of money when not using. I bet that for the most part, the same can be said for the majority of the population at Rappahannock Regional Jail.
However, the jail isn't equipped to treat all these addicts in need of treatment. Warehousing us all is not the answer. In fact, it's a drain on society. The addict will use again!
Addicts break the law without conscience when enslaved in the chains of addiction. This causes problems for everyone and destroys lives in the process.
The system needs a serious overhaul; treatment and education need to be more readily available to these young addicts. Otherwise we are seeing just the beginning of a serious problem. Just ask our neighbors to the north.
The writer is an inmate