What Is Court Ordered Rehab?

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Addiction, also referred to as substance use disorder, is characterized by compulsively engaging in rewarding stimuli (e.g. substance abuse, gambling, etc.) despite negative consequence. It is a chronic brain disorder, and is listed as such in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Addiction can wreak havoc in all areas of an individual’s life. Due to the fact that the disease compels the individual to prioritize satisfying his or her substance cravings above all else, an individual can experience a plethora of adverse effects, including physical complications, relationship fractures, financial strain, legal challenges, employment issues and more. Being habitually intoxicated can lead to mental fogginess that can result in illegal, dangerous and/ or reckless behaviors (e.g. drunk driving). The Sentencing Project estimates that nearly eighty percent of all offenses that lead to jail in America, stem from drug or alcohol abuse. 

Court-ordered Rehab

When deemed applicable, court-ordered rehab can be used as form of alternative sentencing, instead of (or rarely, in addition to) incarceration. The intention behind court-ordered rehab is to rehabilitate an individual who is addicted to drugs and/ or alcohol so as to prevent him or her from committing any future crimes. Not all offenders are necessarily a threat to society, nor does every offender require jail time. Members of the criminal justice system are aware of the fact that recovering from substance abuse and/ or addiction requires treatment. Although court-ordered rehab is mandated by a court of law, the individual is fully responsible for paying for the treatment program him or herself. The cost of treatment will vary depending on the specific treatment program selected as well as the length of time the individual is required to attend.

The Process

When an individual is legally accused of committing a crime he or she must go to court to determine innocence or guilt. During the court process, a variety of punishments may be considered, including court-mandated treatment. In situations where the individual is found guilty, court-ordered treatment could be mandated as a result of the judge deeming the individual to be a good candidate for this sentencing. Alternatively, the individual’s attorney could negotiate an agreement with the prosecutor that includes court-ordered treatment. The court will determine the type of treatment as well as the duration. Court-ordered rehab typically lasts a minimum of thirty days long, but could last as long as a year, depending on the situation. Contributing factors such as the jurisdiction, the circumstances surrounding the crime, the severity of one’s addiction, any prior legal complications, as well as the judge’s discretion will all inform the specifics of the court-mandated treatment. 

For Information and Support 

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to substance abuse and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcome to contact anytime us via email at admissions@hhtxc.com.

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