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An Overview of Brooklyn DWI Lawyers

An Overview of Brooklyn DWI Lawyers

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Published by Geoff Caplan
Although there is an increasing perception that alcoholism should be treated as a disease, society still has a tendency to punish these people, especially when the disease results in accidents or injuries to others.
Many social observers and analysts are increasingly asking if punishment for alcoholism-related bad behavior is still constructive. After all, with jail overcrowding, backed up courts and cash-strapped states and municipalities re-examining court priorities, there is more of openness now to alternative solutions.
Although there is an increasing perception that alcoholism should be treated as a disease, society still has a tendency to punish these people, especially when the disease results in accidents or injuries to others.
Many social observers and analysts are increasingly asking if punishment for alcoholism-related bad behavior is still constructive. After all, with jail overcrowding, backed up courts and cash-strapped states and municipalities re-examining court priorities, there is more of openness now to alternative solutions.

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An Overview Of Brooklyn DWI Lawyers
Although there is an increasing perception that alcoholism should be treated as a disease, society stillhas a tendency to punish these people, especially when the disease results in accidents or injuries toothers.Many social observers and analysts are increasingly asking if punishment for alcoholism-related badbehavior is still constructive. After all, with jail overcrowding, backed up courts and cash-strapped statesand municipalities re-examining court priorities, there is more of openness now to alternative solutions.The Brooklyn DWI Lawyers Goldstein & Handwerker, LLP, have observed that one of the controversiesregarding treatment of alcohol issues is the key debate and core question of whether alcoholism is adisease. There is little doubt by now that regarding alcoholism as a disease, rather than as a moralweakness, has brought benefits to alcoholics and addicts. To some extent it reduced the stigmaexperienced by sufferers and has opened the door to treatment rather than punishment. It is the anchorof the belief system of AA and NA groups who have been responsible for helping many to recover from adepressing condition. However, there are many critics of the disease model, both on the grounds thatthere is little evidence to support it and that it may in fact be detrimental to recovery.In respect of treatment, the current view is that, in the disease model the alcoholic is viewed assomeone who usually has no control over his or her behavior and therefore requires treatment torecover. This is often viewed as creating feelings of helplessness and encouraging an abdication of responsibility. In contrast, the current view of treatment is that in order for recovery to occur the clientneeds to take responsibility for his/her behavior and to be empowered to change. Rather than enforcedabstinence, the client should have a choice of possible outcomes (i.e. abstinence, reduction inconsumption or controlled drinking), so the client is made to feel greater ownership of his/her recoveryand is more motivated to succeed. Interestingly the research suggests that most subjects given a choiceof outcomes still end up abstinent.As DWI legal experts, Goldstein & Handwerker, LLP are well aware that, while the disease model has had some benefits by initially introducing treatment for alcoholics/addicts, ironically it is now viewed bymany modern commentators as being detrimental to treatment. Many of the concepts of the diseasemodel have been found to be not sound and indeed explainable by other mechanisms. Nevertheless, itcontinues to be the mainstay of AA and NA and provides benefits for its millions of members.

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