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Prostitute Murders Helped One Drug Addict Get the Treatment She Needed

In England, one small town was famous for one thing: it’s red light district and the five women who died selling sex on the streets. The murders of those women was a tragedy but one good thing came out of it: the events encouraged many of the street women to get clean and sober and change the lives they were leading.

One woman who kicked her heroin addiction and crack addiction during this period with the help of the local police department and a local nonprofit said: “Due to my drug addiction, it was an endless circle of clients, scoring drugs, popping in an alley to do your drugs, seeing another client.”

But no longer. This small town has become an example to other towns in England also plagued by the problems of prostitution and drug addiction. Police departments are taking note on how to identify just how great is the need in their town and address that need by providing services that are effective, including drug addiction treatment.

This doesn’t mean that there is no longer an issue with prostitution or that women are no longer selling sex in order to afford crack or heroin. What it means, though, is that the problem is no longer on the street, which provides the women with more protection from those who would hurt them or abuse their marginalized status. Though there are still massage parlors and call girls, residents feel much relieved by the changes that have been made.

There’s something to be said for making the most out of a tragedy. When we hear about what happens to those who live without getting the treatment they need for drug and alcohol addiction, it can be saddening but it can also serve as a call to action. Looking inward and taking an accounting of all the damage caused by a personal drug addiction can reveal that treatment is needed immediately. Sometimes it takes a serious incident or tragedy to provide the catalyst for treatment and real change.

What made you get the treatment you need? If you haven’t yet gone to drug rehab, what made you consider it as an option? How did you know it was time?

If you are thinking about choosing a drug rehab to fight heroin addiction or crack addiction, consider our program here at The Orchid. Designed for women no matter what their history with drugs and alcohol, we provide personalized treatment for those in need. Call now to find out more.

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