One of the most frustrating parts of drug abuse and addiction problems is the individual’s belief that they have no control over these problems, or indeed their life. Where once they turned to drugs in an effort to escape from a difficulty in their life, the individual soon finds that the constant need for more drugs is the driving force behind their every thought, decision and action in life. They may also recognize that these substances are no longer providing the relief or escape that they once did, and are slowly and systematically destroying their health and relationships. Still, the individual can be so thoroughly lost that they cannot reach out for help from others, and are quite dependent upon others reaching out to them.
Oklahoma currently incarcerates more women than any other state in the nation at a cost of $24,000 per year, per inmate. It is not a new problem, and it has plagued Oklahoma for years. Bureau of Justice statistics reveal an incarceration rate of nearly twice the national average. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections was faced with no available beds for female inmates in late 2012. But the problem runs deeper than just the lack of female inmate beds.
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) has been coordinating National Drug Court Month for more than 10 years. During May of each year, Drug Courts, Veterans Treatment Course, and DWI Courts celebrate their success and their contributions to society. National Drug Court Month highlights the overall impact of these programs, and raises awareness of their importance to communities. National Drug Month gives drug court professionals and those who have benefited from its programs the opportunity to share their success with Members of Congress, and gain their continued support.