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Joe Giudice says prison won’t let him enter alcohol treatment

While all around the nation, awareness programs, prevention campaigns and policies are trying to help those addicted to alcohol gain access to treatment services, one man is being excluded from an alcohol abuse treatment program. Serving a sentence for bankruptcy fraud, Joe Giudice, husband of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice, has been deterred from receiving the required treatment from the Fort Dix Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The authorities have used a detainer placed on him by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to exclude him from the rehab program. It means that post the completion of his 41-month sentence, Joe would be deported to his native place Italy.

Though Joe had been living in America since childhood and is even married to an American citizen, he erred by not completing the citizenship legalities in time. This could place him in a tight spot now because the current government has taken a strict stance on illegal immigration. Under the detainer, the ICE has identified him as an “immigration enforcement priority” due to the “aggravated felony”. Joe’s woes continue without respite.

However, he claims that the prison authorities are in the wrong for exploiting the detainer to deter him from receiving the treatment that can reduce his sentence. He also contends that he would be unable to fight his deportation while serving jail time because the current rules do not permit inmates to appear before an immigration judge. Joe’s primary aim now is to get the detainer suspended to avail the benefits of the RDAP.

Series of life changes spiraled into addiction 

In 2014, Giudice and his wife were sentenced for bankruptcy and fraud. Joe didn’t pay income tax of $200,000 and the couple also submitted false documents to avail loans amounting to $5 million. Considering that they have four daughters to take care of, the judge reduced their sentence and Teresa was out in December 2015 after completing a 15-month sentence. At the time of his hearing last year, Giudice mentioned that his drinking went out of control due to factors such as bankruptcy, his wife’s fall from fame and the loss of his father.

Alcohol abuse and addiction is a widespread problem in America. Like Joe, there are many others who are drawn into the complex web due to a number of factors. Whether it is a financial problem, or a relationship that has gone awry, many people drink to get rid of their woes, and unknowingly become a slave to their habit. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2016, 136.7 million Americans aged 12 or older reported current use of alcohol, 65.3 million were binge drinkers in the past month, and 16.3 million reported heavy alcohol use in the past month.

Alcohol dependency can be treated

Alcohol dependency is a mental and behavioral disorder, which if left untreated, can have negative repercussions for both the user and his/her family. The initial signs of the dangerous habit include restlessness without alcohol and drinking more than the standard amount on regular basis. The first step towards recovery is self-recognition that a problem exists. It is possible to lead a sober life only with timely intervention.

If you or someone you know is battling an addiction to alcohol, you are recommended to contact the hotline for alcohol abuse treatment for the right assistance and guidance. At the 24/7 Recovery Helpline, we can help you or your loved one find the best alcohol addiction treatment options suited to your needs. Call our 24/7 alcohol rehab helpline 855-441-4405 or chat online with one of our experts for further advice on state-of-the-art alcohol abuse treatment centers near you.

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