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Drug Abuse

Drug courts do help, but more needs done

September 1, 2013

West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin’s comments this week on drug abuse were distinctly bitterswee....

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janeeyre1

Sep-01-13 11:49 AM

The only people really benefiting from Drug Court is Westbrooke. DC provides them with a steady stream of clients who they can put on anti-depressants which they can get at their in house phramacy. How many of the people who have gratuated from the program are off welfare, working and not taking drugs?

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mythravere

Sep-01-13 4:02 PM

I know of four people to come from that place and every single one of them was scum.

Pharmaceuticals can't help people whose very character is flawed.

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janeeyre1

Sep-01-13 10:33 PM

If there are any true Drug Court success stories I would love to hear them. I hear about people going through the program. But I haven't heard any stories about graduates moving on to become welfare free productive members of society. They only go there to get out of trouble-not to get clean.

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randyb110

Sep-02-13 7:36 PM

people who r forced into rehab will relapse a lot of people have to jump through the hoops just to get out of jail and off probation then for the most part it's back to the same old behavior I know been there witnessed it , that's why the so called war on drugs is and always will be a losing battle! complete waste of time and money!

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bodhisatva

Sep-02-13 9:59 PM

janeeyre1 - not sure how you developed your anti-Westbrook beliefs; did they fail to give you the treatment you felt to be entitled to, or are you just a disgruntled former employee? My experience is that the agency does a lot, with limited resources, attempts to help people other behavioral health providers would not even let in the door.

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Phoenix

Sep-03-13 9:01 AM

Westbrook must get a kickback from Wood County because when people are busted for drugs the court ALWAYS sends them to Westbrook. There are plenty of other psychologists in town. It seems fishy to me. Same with Anger Mgt.- Westbrook. I know a couple of people who were forced to go to Westbrook. I hear the courts always send them to Westbrook.

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janeeyre1

Sep-04-13 7:35 AM

My point exactly Phoenix! Bodhistava, my beef with Westbrook is that I have known plenty of people who have gone there and none of them got better. They only came out with more and more meds. I used to work for a place that sent clients there. Even the clients nicknamed the place The Zombie Factory. Why? Because their solution to every problem is medicate first ask questions later.

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stjude

Sep-04-13 9:11 AM

I believe all of the so-called rehabilitation programs are run by a person (or persons) who are paid, by the head, for everyone who signs up or is sent there. This includes the Latrobe St Mission. It's all about the 'Benjamins'(dollars).

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