Working With Those Who Have Addictions as a Probation Officer
Probation officers have the opportunity to help people who have a variety of characteristics and challenges. It is not unusual to be assigned to work with clients who are working on some type of addiction recovery. Drugs and alcohol are often the underlying theme for having committed the crime they find themselves on probation for, therefore, it is important for the probation officer to have a good understanding about what addiction is and the effects it plays in an addict’s life. How people create addictions, why they do it and how to break the cycle.
Juveniles are a large population that is in need of help when it comes to drugs, alcohol and sex education. They can also be very receptive to the education. Usually juvenile delinquents parents and role models are drug, alcohol and/or pornography users. They usually have very little knowledge about the relationship between those types of addictions and the rest of their life style, but the two are deeply interconnected. A good probation officer will want to be able to provide a good example for those juveniles.
There is a lack of knowledge about addiction in our general population. Many people are willing to help but lack the skills to offer support in an effective and meaningful way. You may have heard about organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, but how much do you really know about the organization and the recovery process they actually go through. It is very important for those offering support and help to have a clear understanding of the process and the emotional struggle that is happening within the addict as they work through their recovery.
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