If you just had a severe bout of substance abuse but want to provide for your family, submitting to drug rehab in St. Louis may soon be the way to go. Marie French of the St Louis Dispatch reports on a potential step in that direction through the state food stamp initiative, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
“… for the first time, an effort to loosen the restriction, with some caveats, is making progress in the Missouri Legislature. The Missouri Senate has approved a bill, and the idea has garnered bipartisan support in the House.
The bill seeks to modify the ban but includes safeguards and restrictions for those with drug felonies on their records. Individuals could become eligible one year after the conviction or release from prison and would have to either complete a treatment program or be certified as not needing treatment. A “three strikes” provision bans anyone with three drug-related felony convictions.”
Residents of St. Louis and other cities in Missouri can hope in another chance to earn government support. The food stamp ban was originally part of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, and Missouri is one of ten states that still have it in place against 40 states who scrapped or relaxed it. The prospect of an end to the ban has already gathered steam in the state House. For one, Rep. Paul Wieland notes that the ban for drug felons was unfair when people convicted of other serious crimes were able to access the food stamps.
Whether or not the ban is ever repealed, victims of substance abuse will never lack for the aid of rehabilitation personnel like those from the Midwest Institute for Addiction (MIA). The objective of undergoing drug rehab through St. Louis, MO centers is to assist patients in reforming their ways after undergoing conviction and jail time. In an interview for French’s article, Christine McDonald, a blind single mother of one, said helping drug offenders with treatment and food stamp benefits can prevent a relapse into criminal activity.
The felon’s drug abuse history may warrant study if the authorities ordered them to undergo rehab. A rehab specialist will consider the facts and assemble the treatment program around it, with the center’s various amenities being used to bolster the corrective solutions. They will include outdoor recreation, entertainment rooms, and several therapy sessions over a specific period of time.
Your drug rehab program can pack that added punch in the hands of a practitioner who understands what you’re going through– because they are recovered addicts themselves. Who better to guide you on the road to recovery than someone who knows what you’re going through?
(Source: Missouri considers lifting lifetime food stamp ban for drug felons, St Louis Dispatch, 8 April 2014)