No doubt addiction is a complex health and social issue. Public Intoxication falls squarely in the intersection of public health and public safety with stigma at the heart of the problem and the solution.
Addressing public intoxication requires our community to abandon stigma and view addiction differently. We can no longer incarcerate our way out of it. Incarceration is costly and the data from the drug courts shows it simply doesn’t work. Yet, we can design community interventions that work to get individuals into recovery while they are in their active addiction. This pro-active approach busts some of the major myths surrounding addiction listed here by the Help Guide:
1. Overcoming addiction is simply a matter of willpower. You can stop using drugs if you really want.
2. Addiction is a disease; there’s nothing that can be done about it.
3. Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they can get better.
4. You can’t force someone into treatment; they have to want help.
5. Treatment didn’t work before, so there’s no point trying again.
By working with public intoxicants caught in the intersection of public health and public safety, Houston Recovery Center employs a pro-active approach that busts addiction myths and relates to clients with no stigma attached.