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Sports Can Combat Addiction And Crime

Drug addiction can not only wreak havoc on someone's personal and professional life, it can also lead to criminal charges. For example, someone who was injured in a construction accident through no fault of their own could become addicted to prescribe opioid painkillers.

When the prescription runs out, sometimes the pain persists, and people seek out heroin or other hard drugs to self-medicate. When getting access to the drug becomes more important than anything else, sometimes people turn to robbery or other crimes to get the money they need to buy drugs. It can be a vicious cycle.

The Phoenix 

Traditional 12-step programs offer one way for those struggling with addiction to break free. Attorney Gregory Sheindlin is involved in another initiative that may gain traction in the courts as well. He is on the board of The Phoenix, an organization that encourages those in recovery to turn to sports as a way to forge a new identity, find support in community and ultimately find a way out of the cycle of addiction. The organization is working to gain support in the courts for those who find themselves in the crosshairs of addiction and criminal charges.

A unified approach

It's not uncommon for those facing criminal charges to also have addiction issues. Therefore, dealing effectively with crime may also require courts and individuals to address that underlying issue. Whether drugs played a role in your (or your loved one's) criminal charge, you need strong legal help and access to the appropriate resources to arrive at the best possible outcome for your situation.

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