Our expert says:
"You", in the sense of most of us, can't do a lot to help someone stop such habits -- expert and specialist help is needed. Check what is being done within the prison. Generally a heroin addict will go into withdrawal problems within a relatively short time unless getting steady doses of the drug, which is unlikely to be provided in prison. She should probably have been kept in the hospital wing of the jail, where she could be helped to get through the unpleasant withdrawal phase as safely as posible. If so, her time in jail may turn out to have been useful in this respect, and it would be very important for her not to waste this opportunity, and to remain off heroin or similar drugs once she is released from prison. She would need to see a psychiatrist to complete the necessary treatment, to help her stay off the drug. And I guess she could have problems to face with child welfare, who are unlikely to consider a heroin addict a fit mother ; but again this could provide a motivation for her to say clean and continue to work on her addiction problems. There are clinics and individual shrinks who specialize in this work, and people CAN get over such an addiction --- but they really need to want to get clean and stay clean, because it isn't easy.
Suan's advice about SANCA, etc., is excellent, and she could ask to start contact with them while in jail, in preparation for her release, and this might usefully impress the court.
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