August 18, 2008
The Ice Storm blog
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“You may find they want to sing for you.”

Those words from the director of Montana’s first ever rehabilitation prison for “meth” or crystal methamphetamine users could not really prepare me for the sound of 60 meth addicts, all dressed in prison issue sweat suits belting out, a rather forced version of “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are grey, you’ll never know dear, how much I love you, Please don’t take my sunshine away.”

This was my welcome to the Lewistown Treatment Centre. At the time its doors opened, it was an American first. Montana had decided the traditional response to drug users was having no impact and a specialist program was needed.

So two facilities for the treatment of meth addicts, one for men and another for women, were opened. Neither is called a prison, But no one is allowed out until there time is done. It’s a nine-month program.

I had travelled to Montana to see how the community was responding to what it called a "meth" epidemic and to see what impact it was having.

Driving across the state and through the many small towns in summer time, the only real indication that there was a problem came from billboards warning of the dangers of using the drug.

But it was meeting families who had lost children to the drug, or were fighting to save them that was the most telling about the addictive nature and chemical qualities of "meth" itself.

-- From Ginny Stein, SBS TV
Willpower. Those with none will lose this life.
Only a persons own desire to make their life better can stop their drug use in the long run. They cannot be 'coerced' into better behavior; they don't care about their family, friends or 'the other guy', or they wouldn't begin using in the first place. I wonder what the relapse rate is for this 'hospital/prison'?

I've dealt with drug users. I know the mentality. They are the most self-indulgent and uncaring people you could ever know. They don't want to contribute to society and their family; they want to escape life, and, sadly, they'll do anything, hurt anyone, to achieve that goal. Only the barest fraction of those who escape into drug use will ever be 'rehabilitated'; though the goal is noble, the effort is virtually wasted. Try once, maybe twice, but let natural selection have it's way after that, by giving them all the drugs they want, to their end. That attitude may seem callous and cold, yes. But it's the only way with those determined to slowly destroy themselves, and it frees the non-using individual up to actually help those who are victims of these parasites.

The Freon Freak

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