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Thursday, November 15, 2018


Blogger Comments:  Folks, we do not want to take away positive reinforcement for the inmates in the Morgan County jail.  We have our doubts that Sheriff Ana Franklin had much to do with it.  We believe the dedicated hard working men and women working in the jail had a lot to do with the progress.  Franklin goes on to say that when she took office there were only a few programs in place to work with the inmates.  Sheriff Franklin is not telling the truth.  Warden Leon Bradley had many programs going on in the jail to assist in the rehabilitation of the inmates.  

Furthermore, if the medical doctor Sheriff Franklin is claiming helps them determine which inmates have mental illness and which inmates' issues are drug addiction, we sure would not feel very confident about those results.  During the hearing that addressed these issues, it was revealed that the psychiatrist working for the jail spent only a few minutes with the inmates.

We are very familiar with psychiatrist and mental health facilities and the years it sometimes takes to find the right medications that work for the patient.  Sheriff Franklin spent years refusing to allow mentally ill patients their doctor prescribed prescriptions.  It is an embarrassment for Franklin to even mention the mentally ill after the Federal Judge in the case ruled and his finding came out.  As disgusting as it is Billable Barney and Sheriff Ana Franklin put out that they "won".  Nobody won especially the inmates.   One more thing that rubs us raw is Franklin talking about ruling out the inmates with mental illness from those addicted to drugs.  Franklin needs to do a little research and then she may be smart enough to realize that often times mental illness goes hand in hand with substance abuse.

We know our loved one started showing signs of mental illness at the age of nine.  There isn't a specialist we haven't seen.  We were seen at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  We had documents and proof of our loved one's mental illness.  As he got older he became addicted to drugs which were secondary to the primary problem.  Yet, when he ended up in the Morgan County jail Franklin refused to give him the medication that was prescribed by his physician.  That never happened with Sheriff Bartlett and Warden Bradley.  So! What's the difference?  Sheriff Franklin.

In 2016, only an estimated 6.9% of adults with mental illness and substance abuse disorder received the mental health and substance abuse care they needed.
Mental illness is common among people who struggle with substance abuse and addiction.1 In 2016, 8.2 million adults had a co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder in the past year. Of those 8.2 million, only 48.1% received treatment for either their mental health disorder or their addiction. This means that roughly half of the adults with co-occurring disorders did not receive either type of treatment. Only an estimated 6.9% of adults with mental illness and substance abuse disorder received the mental health and substance abuse care they needed that year.1
Studies have found that among individuals with non-alcohol substance use disorders, 28% had co-occurring anxiety disorders, 26% had mood disorders, 18% had antisocial personality disorder, and 7% suffered from schizophrenia. Unfortunately, while the prevalence of co-occurring disorders among those seeking substance abuse treatment is high, the number of programs equipped to treat co-occurring conditions may not match the need for this kind of treatment. While many substance abuse treatment programs are able to additionally address some relatively mild forms of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, there is evidence to suggest that these same programs may be reluctant or ill-equipped to manage individuals with severe mental illness. Correspondingly, the mental health system, while adept at treating cases of severe and chronic mental illness, may not be equipped to address the treatment of concurrent substance use disorders. This is extremely unfortunate, as an individual with co-occurring disorders is generally seen as "continuously at risk for relapse."2 Comprehensive treatment and adequate aftercare may help to reduce some of this risk. One study found that, among patients with moderate-to-high severity dual diagnosis disorders, treatment outcomes were improved when their drug abuse treatment was supplemented with targeted mental health care.2
If you need treatment for both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder—or you suspect that you might—it is very important that you find a facility that is equipped with the staff necessary to handle your treatment. Dual diagnosis programs can provide care for both addiction and mental health issues.2 If you suffer from a mental health disorder, make sure to communicate that to the treatment center before you enter.2

Is Drug Addiction a Mental Illness?

The answer to whether drug addiction qualifies as a mental illness is yes. Here’s why: addiction results in distinct brain changes and can disrupt a person's "hierarchy of needs and desires," leading them to prioritize drug use above all else. A person's ability to control their compulsion to use substances becomes significantly diminished as these brain changes occur, which can promote continued drug or alcohol use despite knowledge of the harm it is causing. The compulsive behaviors associated with substance use disorders (addictions) bear similarities to other mental illnesses.3
Healthcare professionals in the United States refer to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) when making diagnoses of mental disorders. The DSM states that "an important characteristic of substance use disorders is an underlying change in brain circuits that may persist beyond detoxification." Like other illnesses, addiction may require long-term treatment approaches. This goes against the ideas that addiction is a simple issue of willpower or is a condition with the potential to be remediated by "just saying no;" instead, it is now seen as a "chronic and relapsing brain disease" that requires specialized treatment.3 In fact, genetics is shown to play a major role in a person's risk of developing a substance use disorder—it is estimated that 40 to 60% of a person’s vulnerability to substance abuse is genetic.4
Substance abuse often occurs with other mental illnesses. Many people who regularly abuse drugs or alcohol are diagnosed with other mental health issues at some point. Studies show that people who are diagnosed with mood or anxiety disorders are nearly twice as likely to have a substance use disorder compared to the general public.3
The same goes for antisocial personality or conduct disorder. People diagnosed with these types of disorders are more likely to abuse substances. In addition, gender plays a factor in the prevalence of co-occurring disorders. For example, males are more likely to be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, while women are more likely to suffer from mood or anxiety disorders.3
In some cases, it is difficult to know what came first—the substance abuse or the mental health disorder. It can also be difficult or impossible to determine causality; even if the symptoms of one condition appeared first, it may not have caused the other. What is known is that it is relatively common for people to self-medicate mental health symptoms with substances. Also, substance abuse may worsen or bring about symptoms of mental illness. For example, marijuana has been shown to increase the risk of psychosis for some users.3
In addition, substance use disorders and mental illness have overlapping risk factors such as:3,4
  • Certain types of neurological deficits, such as lower-than-normal activity in certain brain circuits.
  • Genetics.
  • Epigenetics.
  • Stress.
  • Adverse childhood experiences.
  • Trauma.

Morgan jail programs provide opportunities for inmates

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  1. I know for a fact there were several programs in place when Leon Bradley ran the jail. Ana made a false statement in this article.

  2. Bradley has more integrity in his little finger than Ana her warden ever though about having. Puckett will see right through the people Ana has put in place. Puckett will take his time and observe. It won't take him long to figure out who's who. I wonder what would happen if he hired Bradley as Jail Administrator?

  3. I think Ron should bring back the good honest employees Ana screwed over

  4. Very good blog Glenda. Thank you for sharing your experience. When we talk about such sensitive subjects it's clear to see that Franklin could have taken time to use her energy as sheriff to understand, research, and make an effort into creating at the minimal, a dent in such issues. It is embarrassing to have elected a manipulative, insensitive and selfish human being. I'm basing that on facts in the 7+ years she's been in office. When you look around at the company she kept, it's not hard to see she was more interested in corruption than our county. I believe more people suffered because of her fakery than we all know. She didn't know the first thing about being a sheriff.