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The drug and alcohol abuse is now a familiar problem in most of the families in the United States and some of these families and neighborhoods have witnessed or suffered the tragic effects of alcohol and drug abuse.
Location issues facing alcohol and drug rehab centers The drug and alcohol abuse is now a familiar problem in most of the families in the United States and some of these families and neighborhoods have witnessed or suffered the tragic effects of alcohol and drug abuse. Majority of Americans believe that drug abuse is the most serious problem facing the nation. On one hand majority of people are recognizing the pervasiveness of alcohol and drug problems but on the other hand, such widespread concern is not resulting in communities welcoming alcohol and drug rehab centers or treatment programs into their neighborhoods. The community opposition also known as the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) syndrome is resulting in preventing or delaying the establishment of alcohol and drug rehab centers or treatment programs. The community resistance is often mobilized to prevent the opening or expansion of many types of health and social service facilities such as shelters for homeless, group homes for mentally ill and other health related facilities for persons with AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Community resistance is often seen while opening of alcohol or other drug treatment programs regardless of treatment modality. Opposition by neighbors has resulted in delaying or preventing the site of many alcohol and drug treatment programs and at times disrupted the relocation of existing programs. However, the location of an alcohol and drug treatment facility does not necessarily lead to a legal battle. As many treatment providers have overcome the not in my backyard syndrome or NIMBY by outreach the neighbors or people opposed to the establishment of these alcohol and drug rehab centers by educational efforts and dispelling neighbors misconceptions and fears about the treatment and persons in recovery that lead to opponents to reconsider their resistance. Some of the alcohol and drug rehab centers or treatment providers preferred in silently carrying out their rehab programs at particular locations in the hope of not stirring up any attention that may lead to opposition. If opposition does arise, these treatment providers are using the threat of litigation to deter the community from taking any discriminatory actions. Nevertheless, for many of the alcohol and drug rehab facilities or centers the solution lies to outreach the community or neighbors by being aware of and being sensitive to their (community/neighbors) concerns. By being responsive about the community concerns, many alcohol and drug rehab centers are able to turn opposition into acceptance thus making the establishment of the facility easier for community residents, for treatment programs and finally for program clients (patients/addicts).
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