“Overcoming problem drug use has much more to do with addressing socio-economic factors than physiological or psychological addiction … The vast majority of people who get themselves in a complete mess with drugs are people whose lives were already a mess before they starting using.
…These people have become feared, distrusted and sometimes hated by wider society. The biggest hurdle they face is not overcoming drug addiction – but overcoming social exclusion. …The ‘war on drugs’ approach makes it near impossible for problem drug users to find their way back into society, and just encourages them into further drug use as a way of coping and managing the grim realities that have become their lives.”
See on www.drugfoundation.org.nz