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Drug possession and use is still illegal in most states. It is true that some states are considering whether or not to legalize marijuana, and some states already have laws in place governing marijuana used for medicinal purposes, but for the most part, it is still a crime to possess, sell, distribute, or use cocaine, marijuana, heroin, or methamphetamine (the drugs mentioned in a recent survey of 14,627 Tennessee residents).

A resident in a Tennessee town recently found this out when arrested for driving under the influence and drug possession recently. The arrestee was showing definite signs of having apparently used marijuana, as well as having a rather substantial amount of a "substance believed to be marijuana" as well as the paraphernalia that is often utilized for the use and sale of drugs.

Oftentimes, as part of a person's sentencing, a court official (judge or magistrate) may order that person to enter into drug rehabilitation. This can be a good thing, and may have been the reason that many of the respondents to the survey on substance abuse did say they had had a substance abuse admission.
For example, of the 1,773 Tennessee residents who admitted to marijuana use, 0.1% of them between the ages of 0 and 11 years old said they had been in drug rehabilitation for that. 0.9% in that age category said they had to go into drug rehabilitation for alcohol use.

It is HOPED that the impetus for a child that young to need drug rehabilitation was due to a parent, guardian, or another responsible adult's concern and encouragement for that young child to seek help, and not because the child had already had to go before a court official. However, when talking about someone that young, it really isn't important what led him to seek drug rehabilitation; what is important is that he did.

Perhaps as a result of the arrest that was mentioned earlier, the person involved in that incident decided that drug rehabilitation was needed. (Readers may be relieved to know that he was older than 0-11; in fact, if he did seek drug rehabilitation, he could have fallen into either the 21-25 or 26-30 age range. For privacy reasons, it will not be specified here exactly what age the person was).

If he did, whether because of a court order or because he made the decision to enter drug rehabilitation, he would have had a number of treatment facilities in Tennessee to choose from. Even if the court had ordered to attend, and they has specified which one he was to enter, he still would have received the help he needed, because all treatment facilities must meet specific standards and guidelines for treatment.

The criteria may be slightly different for faith-based or privately-funded facilities; however, in most cases, one usually does not have to worry about the standard of care in treatment facilities, in Tennessee or any other state, and there can be a number of reasons for this.

One reason might simply be because everyone is there for the same or similar reasons. A few may have a more serious addiction, but the counseling sessions and activities that are part of the treatment protocol will be adjusted for this if necessary.

He may have been allowed to choose his own facility, and chose one that was gender-specific; in other words, only males were accepted at this particular facility. If this was the case, then this is fine. As the old saying goes: "One does what one must."

Did he feel that spirituality (his concept of it) might play a role in his drug rehabilitation? If so, he could have chosen from a number of faith-based facilities that are available in Tennessee. In short, if it was his choice, he had plenty to choose from. If the court told him which one to go to, he still got the help he needed.


http://www.ncjrs.gov/htm/resource.htm
http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/ControlledSubstance/index.shtml

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