Are Drug Rehab Centers Fueling Homelessness in Southern California?

We all know that drug addiction is a serious problem. The use of drugs is even considered to be the root of so many crimes and the reason why so many futures are being destroyed, especially that of the young generation. This is also the reason why across the world, there is an intense desire to end this problem. In fact, in some countries they deal with it strategically, employing ways on how to fight the problem to save more lives. One initiative is to build drug rehabilitation centers. The main goal here is to help people quit their addiction and eventually get back on their feet and start a new life.

 

But, what if it’s not really the case? In Southern California, drug rehab centers are becoming sort of a problem instead of being a home to drug addicted people. Instead of providing them shelter, these people end up in the streets, doing the same bad things all over again. Their government should really do something about it. Drug rehabilitation centers should serve their purpose- to save and to care. Finding a good addiction treatment center is important as it can be the venue for a person, specifically one who is struggling to get the best help he can get so he can live a new and better life.

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Thirteen-hundred miles from his rural Arkansas home, Tyler McCollough paces across a motel parking lot, veins bulging at his temple, anxiously gripping himself as the pangs of heroin withdrawal intensify.

Newly homeless and dope sick on the streets of Costa Mesa, the 25-year-old says he’s thinking about stealing from a nearby store – anything to scrounge up the cash he needs to get drugs.

Hours later, relaxing in an In-N-Out booth, he’s calmer. He says a friend gave him a hit of heroin. He also wonders aloud how he came to be living on the streets, so far from the place he used to call home.

Migration stories similar to McCollough’s are repeated with varying frequency across pockets of Southern California.

Searching the web earlier this year for a rehab program, he says he was lured to the region by an offer of a complimentary plane ticket and free treatment. He left a construction job and work on his family’s horse ranch for a recovery program near the ocean in Orange County.

Five months later, when his insurance ran out, McCollough says he was discharged to the streets, where he remained for at least two months. He says he commits crimes to feed his habit.

“I sell drugs. And I steal things and sell them.”

Homelessness has surged in Southern California in recent years, a problem that has confounded officials and motivated local leaders – including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Millions of dollars have been spent addressing the issue and identifying its causes…

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