More people in Alabama are getting addicted. An increase in heroin has hit the streets in recent years. And this at a time when there was already an escalating situation with methamphetamine and cocaine. The methamphetamine has transformed into a more potent form called “ice”. Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Alabama as it is across the country. For some, it can seem like a hopeless situation.
However, the citizens of Alabama have a proud history of solving problems.
When Alabamian farmers were losing cotton crops to the boll weevil in 1915, the citizens took the opportunity to diversify and started growing peanuts. In fact, a monument was built in Enterprise Alabama, as a tribute to how disaster can be a catalyst for change and a reminder of how the people in Alabama adjusted in the face of adversity.
Alabama workers built the rocket that put the first men on the moon.
Citizens of Alabama should remember the state motto -Audemus jura nostra defendere – “We dare defend our rights.”
Today, one of the more important rights worth defending is the right to live drug free personally and in a drug free family and community. Effective drug prevention and treatment are the best defenses in preserving the right of a drug free life.
As many in Alabama have learned, New Life is an effective drug treatment program. In fact the success rate, based on a two year follow up, is 70 percent. New Life is a viable alternative for those who have not been able to kick drugs with other programs.
With information, perseverance and an effective drug treatment program, Alabamians will also be victorious and solve the drug abuse problem.