Local drug treatment centers are an important resource, asset, and component of the American landscape in the twenty first century. They also represent a major shift in society's perceptions and response to the disease of addiction. Drug addicts, people with the disease of addiction, as well as alcoholism, were originally viewed as outcasts. The common view was that prison or long term hospitalization was the proper institutional response. Nowadays, with the recognition of how large a segment of our society is affected with this disease, the local drug treatment center option has gained much greater acceptance as an appropriate response to attempt the rehabilitation of people and return them to fully productive drug and alcohol free lives. When the local drug treatment center is valued as a place where cures are possible and available to many individuals, the center itself becomes a positive force in the community. Although there are many reasons why this is important; the primary one has to do with drugs, both legal and illegal, and their effects on our society in terms of economics, law, and education. All local drug treatment centers have at least one common goal: to set the individual afflicted with the disease of addiction on a path of recovery, growth and productive self-fulfillment in the local community. Doing so reduces crimes against individuals and property, promotes local community economies, and allows professional health care providers and legal resources to be utilized more effectively. As individuals are healed, so do communities become healed? Learning and teaching are basic tools of the healing process. More and more often the local drug treatment center serves as liaison with the courts and the county jail systems as well as state prisons. It is more widely perceived and accepted that many anti-social and criminal behaviors are actually rooted in addiction and coexisting mental problems that are susceptible to treatment by the broad array of professionals helping at local drug treatment centers. Drugs, including prescribed medications, profoundly affect an individuals educational capabilities and practices. Medically supervised anti-depressants, for example, allow many people to further personal education and achieve goals previously unreachable due to fears, anxieties, and phobias commonly suffered by people afflicted with the illness of addiction. Likewise, use of many mind altering substances, inhibits, reduces, delays, and sidetracks the learning based goals and aspirations of many of our high school and college level students.