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Take it from jail, addicts need treatment options


Date published: 5/18/2014

I am writing in response to Jason Scott's May 7 letter ["Addicts need more treatment options"].

I can speak to the disease of addiction. Mine was, sadly, prescription medications.

I have not been an addict for 18 years, as has Mr. Scott. In fact, I was just introduced to pills in 2012.

As with a lot of prescription medication users and abusers, I had a "friend" who was prescribed and addicted to his meds. My "friend" introduced me to pills, and within a year I had ruined my life.

I lost a $40,000-a-year job, robbed five innocent businesses, left an 8-year-old son without a father for years to come. I left a family wondering how a son, brother and father could do these things to himself and others.

The truth is that the disease of addiction is so strong that you are no longer yourself but a slave to the disease.

As I should be for my offenses, I am incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. As Mr. Scott states, there are no treatment options here, nor were there any options through the court system.

The whole system needs to be evaluated and options made available for addicts.

No treatment only means that the addicted stay addicted, and the cycle will only continue.

Jason Hill

Stafford

The writer is an inmate at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.