By Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

In late October, 60 Minutes took a close look at the notorious Pelican Bay penitentiary system to see how it’s evolving from “Lock ‘em up” to “Fix ‘em up.” When interviewer Oprah Winfrey asked the head of the California Prison system why we invest so much money in rehabilitating prisoners, his answer was illuminating: “Ninety percent of them will be returning to the communities. Would you want a guy who comes out who has an AA degree, has addressed his substance abuse problem, has done domestic violence classes.... What would you want as a taxpayer and a citizen of the state?”

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This is a guest post from John Perry, Co-Founder, Clean & Sober Recovery Services, Inc.

Residents – or their families – have given me lots of reasons why they or their loved ones don’t really need treatment for problem drinking or drug use. Often, these “reasons” arise from a simple lack of information about the brain disease of addiction or alcoholism. Equally often, these reasons stem from denial that there really is a problem. Interventionist/Family Counselor Ricki Townsend dispels many of these misconceptions in her FREE Recovery 101 eBook.

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The seeds of chemical dependency are much more likely to take root in the neuroplastic, developing teen brain. And teens have distinct developmental needs that must be considered in prevention and treatment approaches. Here’s a thoughtful look at what the opioid epidemic means to youth prevention and treatment efforts. PS. Every dollar spent on prevention saves ten dollars on treatment and remediation.

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