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No matter what you’ve done or who you are, you are entitled to drug addiction treatment that is respectful of your dignity and rights as a human being.
In a discussion paper entitled ‘Principles of Drug Dependence Treatment’1, the United Nations states that all people receiving drug addiction treatment should be entitled to certain basic rights.
It doesn't matter who you are, what you've done (or are using) and whether or not you are incarcerated. The United Nations suggests the following addiction treatment rights:
1. The right to treatment without discrimination
Addiction is a disease and no one should be discriminated against for past or present drug use, or for any other reason, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender disability status etc.
2. The right to the same ethical standards of treatment as is given to those with physical health conditions
There should be no difference between the ethical standards of care delivered to a cancer patient or an alcoholic or a heroin user.
3. The right to access to treatment during all stages of the disease
People with addictions have a right to access to treatmentduring all stages of this chronic disease. This includes during periods of incarceration.
4. The right to deny treatment
Only in the most exceptional circumstances, such as when a person is an immediate risk to self or others, should any treatment ever be forced on another person. A person with addiction has the right to accept or deny any medical or psychosocial treatment.
5. The right to treatment that is never inhumane or degrading
Drug addiction does not diminish a person’s human rights and so practices that would be considered degrading or inhumane for any person are degrading and inhumane for people with drug addictions.
6. The right to informed consent and withdrawal from treatment
All people receiving drug addiction treatment have the right to full information about any treatment procedures and must provide their informed consent before receiving any treatments. Even after consenting to treatment, any person has the right to withdraw from treatment at any time, for any reason.