Court Ordered Rehab for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

July 22, 2011

Court ordered rehab has proven to be a far better option than jail time when it comes to long-term recovery and crime reduction. There is a common misconception that court ordered rehab doesn’t work because the person is being forced and not going of their own free will. However, this is a myth and it can be quite effective.

Estimates show that as many as 60 percent of those who seek treatment from a drug rehab have had some kind of trouble with the law related to their drug or alcohol use. Many of these people have been court ordered to rehab because courts are starting to understand more and more that rehab has many benefits over prison or jail time.

Court Ordered Rehab vs Incarceration: Effectiveness

When sentenced to prison, an inmate will usually be sober for the incarceration time period, but studies have shown that this period of sobriety has no lasting effect on whether or not a person will become a repeat offender. On the other hand, studies have shown that those who are enrolled in a court ordered rehab for just three months or more instead of jail or prison time are far more likely to maintain sobriety and discontinue their criminal activity. In fact some numbers from a recent study show that those who go through an effective court ordered rehab program are just as likely to be successful as those who enroll in the rehab on their own.

Rehab programs, whether court ordered or not, give the client the opportunity to gain much more than just a span of time without drugs or alcohol. Drug and alcohol rehab is a place where a person can gain the knowledge and strategies that they need to stay sober for the long term. Programming includes intensive therapy on an individual and group level, along with medical care from physicians. An important part of treatment is discovering the issues that lead to an individual’s substance abuse as well as any triggers that exacerbate it. Understanding the causes and triggers, as well as any co-occurring mental health disorders, allows the clinicians to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses an individual’s needs.

Court Ordered Rehab vs Incarceration: Cost

When you take into account the cost that taxpayers spend to keep someone incarcerated and add the repeat offenses that will likely result from an addicted criminal who has not received help, the cost of rehab becomes much less expensive. Rehabs differ in pricing, as some are government funded and others are insurance or self-pay based.

Court Ordered Rehab: Destination Hope

Destination Hope offers a court ordered rehab program to addicted individuals that have legal problems. We have years of experience working with the court, and are well versed in all of the requirements, proceedings, and necessary documentation. If you or someone you care about is in need of a court ordered rehab program, please contact our counselors at 1-877-380-9777 to learn more about our program.

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