This research will explain what rehabilitation is and the depths of it as well as analyze the question of whether or not rehabilitation is effective in decreasing the drug epidemic on Long Island. Some indicators of effectiveness are when drug-related deaths decrease, when fewer offenders are in jail for drug charges/recidivism rates decrease, when drugs sales have been lowered, and when more addicts remain sober (relapse rates decrease) and return to productive functioning lives. Treatment is effective when it is available, attends to multiple needs of an individual (not just their drug abuse), and offers each individual the proper treatment. Rehab is ineffective when drug-related deaths and crimes increase/recidivism rates increase, when less addicts seek help and are unable to remain sober (relapse rates increase) and when treatment is not available etc. This research will also reflect on how the drug epidemic arose. It will incorporate the many variables that may contribute to the creation of an addict such as ones socialization process or demographics. In addition to learning why rehabilitation centers throughout Long Island are effective, you will also learn the reasons for their ineffectiveness and what structural factors and individual- level factors affect the success of drug rehabilitation. Lastly, you will learn what other solutions may be successful in decreasing the drug epidemic on Long Island.

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Master of Arts


Jeremy Buchman