Finding the Way’s programs address substance abuse recovery, rehabilitation and reconciliation — very real needs for the incarcerated, including juveniles in detention centers, as well as their families on the outside.
According to a recent report from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:
Roughly two-thirds of U.S. prison inmates meet the medical criteria for alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction.
Another 20% were ‘substance-involved’ at the time of their arrest – they were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of their offense, stole money to buy drugs, and/or violated alcohol or drug laws.
Substance-involved offenders are likelier to be re-incarcerated than those who are not. Approximately 95% return to alcohol and drug use after release from prison, and 60-80% of drug abusers commit a new crime after release.
Four out of every five arrestees in state juvenile systems are under the influence of alcohol or drugs while committing their crimes, test positive for drugs, are arrested for committing an alcohol or drug offense, and/or admit having substance abuse and addiction problems.
The criminal justice system — not schools, families, or community organizations — is the biggest referrer of juveniles to treatment systems.