Life After A Drug Arrest
Getting into trouble with the law will always have negative repercussions. Whether it’s stealing, violence, or other criminality, our actions can have far reaching implications, even after we have paid our debt to society. Such is life after a drug arrest. This is true especially for those who find themselves in the prison system for drug related offences, both dealing and using. Once the ordeal is over, it can be difficult to easily transition into a crime free life on the outside. To make it work, you’ll need to work hard to ensure your life has changed for good.
Falling into the Old Circles
We are a product of our environment. If you live in a neighborhood where drug dealing is accepted or encouraged as a means to an end, then it’s much easier to fall into that game. Similarly, some areas are blighted by heavy drug use; this too normalises drug use and can be easy to fall into. While you may leave prison with the best intentions of staying or acting clean, old habits can creep up on even the most determined person – that is, if they put themselves back into the environment that got them into trouble in the first place.
That’s why you need a fresh start. This doesn’t have to be as drastic as moving to a new city or state, but it does require a change. For example, you may have to cut out the people in your life who will only lead you down a dark path, and bring in people who will make a positive impact. If your friends are drug dealers/users, the chances are you’ll be one of the many prisoners who end up reoffending when they’re released.
In short: don’t just rely on your motivation, which is liable to evaporate. Make a real change that will be much harder to lose.
Coming to Terms
There’s a lot of shame that comes being in prison. Unfortunately, shame is also an emotion that can lead us to act in self-destructive ways, especially for drug users. If you’re going to ensure you don’t end up back in the prison system, you’re going to need to come to terms with what’s happened and make amends for the hurt you’ve caused to your loved ones. Drug use can have far-reaching consequences; your use may have had a detrimental effect on the people you care about most, it have broken trust. It takes a strong person to come clean and say, “I’m sorry, I messed up and I’m willing to change”, but it is worth it in the long run.
If you’re a drug peddler, then you also need to have the courage to start a new life. This may mean accepting that your life may not be as financially rewarding or as glamorous as your dreams may be. But remember: drug distribution isn’t as it can appear in films – in fact, you’re selling your life short for little more than you could be earning if you went legitimate. If you put in the effort, you will be rewarded.
If you put in the effort, you will be rewarded
Many people have a sense of panic once they’re released from prison. In a state of anxiety, it may seem comforting to resort to the life that you used to know: drugs. But this life brought about much misery and didn’t take you where you needed to go – in fact took you to the opposite of where you want to go – so why would you do it again? It’s important to take your time when you’re out of prison to really think about what you want to do next. If you rush yourself or feel the need to get going straight away, you may end up in scenarios in which you don’t want to be. Be kind to yourself and understand that you’re at a crossroads in your life. This can be scary, but it will pass in time – and hopefully you’ll be set up for a bright future.
Everybody makes mistakes, you were just punished for yours. Don’t let your past define who you are. It’s never too late to rewrite your story. Take proactive steps to improve your life and you will be rewarded with something better than you had before, it’s guaranteed.