Prisoners & Addiction

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Addiction is common for inmates in prisons. Statistics show that many inmates deal with substance abuse problems, but few actually receive treatment while they are incarcerated. However, addressing substance use disorders during this time and after their release lowers their risk for relapse.

Addiction Resources for Prisoners

Prisons are rife with people convicted of drug crimes. These individuals may have been incarcerated for a range of drug-related offenses, from driving under the influence of alcohol to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Some inmates imprisoned for drug crimes do not have a drug problem. But addiction is still common among prisoners. According to The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, about half of people in prison or jail meet the criteria for substance abuse or dependence.

Many people with addiction also have a mental health disorder, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. About 45 percent of inmates in local jails and state prisons simultaneously grapple with a substance use and psychological disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Narcotics Anonymous

NA publishes a wide variety of materials concerning drug addiction and recovery, some of which are expressly produced for persons currently incarcerated, including Behind the Walls. También ofrece literatura en español, incluyendo Entre Rejas.
Spanish Resources Available
 

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The Prison Library Project publishes resources and other news of interest to inmates and their loved ones. If you have a suggested resource, please contact rachel@prisonlibraryproject.org

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