Open More Drug Rehabilitation Centers in Philadelphia

Target: Philadelphia’s Office of Addiction Services

Goal: Create more substance abuse rehabilitation centers in the city.

Addiction is an extremely prevalent problem among adolescents today, especially in Philadelphia. In a city as large and busy as Philadelphia, drugs are always available, making it difficult for teenagers not to experiment. If a drug problem starts at a young age, it can easily grow into an addiction and can be life-threatening without treatment. Unfortunately, the number of rehabilitation facilities in Philadelphia is not proportional to the number of addicts in the area. In order to reduce the drug problem in Philadelphia, more rehabilitation centers must be opened.

One major problem with current rehabilitation centers is their availability. Many people cannot afford rehab without continuing to work, so they need a rehab center that allows them to work during the day and receive treatment in the evening. Also, the more affordable treatment is, the more people can get help. Furthermore, many addictions begin in adolescence, so there need to be more rehabilitation centers open specifically for teens. While many centers will accept teenage patients, many adolescents with addiction are reluctant to get help if they fear that they will be the only one their age in the rehab center. If there are more rehab centers specifically for teens, more adolescents will be able to get help and thus fewer adolescents will develop life-long addictions.

Therefore, in order to reduce addiction in Philadelphia and get more addicts enrolled in treatment facilities, it is imperative that more alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers be opened in Philadelphia.


To the Office of Addiction Services in Philadelphia,

It is extremely important that more alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers be created in Philadelphia. Due to the size and location of the city, addicts in Philadelphia have easy access to several different types of drugs. The combination of high availability of drugs and low availability of treatment centers leads to an increasing rate of alcohol and drug addiction in the city of Philadelphia. Also, due to the poor economy, it is extremely difficult for some people to afford rehabilitation. If rehab centers were more readily available and more affordable, many more people would seek treatment.

Addiction is a growing problem in the adolescents of Philadelphia. Not only are drugs more readily available to them through peers, but they are also much more reluctant to seek treatment. As teenagers, they most likely do not have enough money to afford rehab. Also, they are reluctant to attend a rehab center with people much older than themselves. If affordable, teen-specific rehab centers were created in Philadelphia, many more adolescents would avoid addiction.

It is imperative that you build more rehabilitation centers in Philadelphia. With a wider variety of rehabilitation centers, a wider range of addicts will be able to receive convenient and affordable help. In order to reduce the drug problem in Philadelphia, more rehabilitation centers must be created.


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