What is Court-Ordered Rehabilitation?
Court-ordered rehab is an alternative to being sentenced on a criminal matter to which addiction was once considered. This is ultimately a change for the better as addiction is now considered a health problem, instead. 80% of crimes that result in jail time in the United States are drug and alcohol-related.
Now, some drug-related crimes are being addressed with rehabilitation centers instead of incarceration. This helps with overpopulation in jails while also helping people suffering from drug and alcohol problems get to the root of their problem in a rehabilitation center, helping it to become less likely for an instance to occur again.
Why Do Drug Courts Order Rehabilitation Instead of Jail Time?
Substance abuse is now considered a health-centric issue that requires a health-centric solution. Getting to the root of your substance abuse has a higher rate of success in your future than any jail can offer you. This tactic is to help break the cycle of addiction and ultimately improve statistics on drug-related crimes.
Not only do those court-ordered avoid imprisonment but they receive the support they have been needing to live a normal life abstaining from drugs and alcohol. Another positive outcome of this is it leaves your record clean of any charges while also saving you money on court costs, court proceedings, and other related expenses.
What is Court-Ordered Rehab Like?
Court-Ordered Rehab may vary from state to state. Depending on the state that you reside in, the order may vary. These orders can be issued in two different instances, including if an individual committing a non-violent crime was directly influenced by drugs and alcohol or if the arrest was made for drug-related offenses.
In most cases, court-ordered rehab is not an option when violence has occurred. A person’s previous record may also be taken into account when deciding if this is the best course of action. Court-ordered rehab often requires offenders to self-pay for these treatments, usually, this includes community service, random drug testing throughout the weeks of the order, and in some cases an in-stay program. If an individual does not follow up with these court orders the original sentences of imprisonment will apply.
Treatments such as detox, therapy sessions, medical care, mental health counseling, and support groups can help people recover. The exact treatments provided are contingent on the severity of addiction one may face and also the crime they were originally charged with.
Court orders can vary from an in-stay program to an outpatient meeting once or twice a week. This will depend on the judge’s orders.
What Happens After Court-Ordered Rehab?
When the court-ordered mandate is officially over, all charges will be dropped or granted a lesser sentence. However, even if all the court-mandated requirements are over, one may still need to seek therapy, counseling, and support on their own to ensure the highest possibility of success abstaining from these charges again happening in the future.
At Moving Mountains Recovery, we offer a number of outpatient programs that can serve as a continuum of care for a person who was mandated to a rehab facility. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance, please give us a call today.