Location issues facing alcohol and drug rehab centers by CarlyB2B


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									          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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