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What is Drug Court?

There are many times that non-violent drug offenders find themselves at the court’s mercy when they are being convicted of the crimes that they have committed. They may be more in the category of a drug addict, rather than a criminal, although realistically they are both. For a drug addict, jail may not be the solution that they need to overcome their addiction. If sent to jail, they may only progress their addiction further since drugs and alcohol are readily available in jail. Inmates are able to smuggle drugs in and pruno is made from fruit, condiments, bread, milk, and other limited ingredients that can be gathered from a correctional facility kitchen.

Having some sort of addiction rehabilitation may serve a better purpose for an addict that may have a better chance to stop criminal activity once they are no longer under the influence. In this case, their best bet may be to enter a court-ordered, court-regulated, outpatient treatment program that may give them better odds of staying clean and sober while being enrolled in a court institution known as Drug Court.

Drug Court started in 1989 in Miami-Dade County, Florida to give treatment to nonviolent offenders and show them a new way of living sober. The model of Drug Court was to implement accountability to meet obligations to the court, their families, humanity, and more importantly to themselves. The program requires participants to practice abstinence with drugs and alcohol to help substance abusers break the cycle of addiction and crime.

The Drug Court program is rigorous making offenders show up for treatment activities in lieu of jail time. They must complete the program by cooperating with mandatory drug tests, individual therapy, group therapy, reporting to a probation officer, paying fines, showing up without fail and on time while not breaking the law again. Depending on the severity of the offense, there are also different amounts of time that is accrued to serve for home confinement or house arrest. The point is to help those who want to help themselves.

The success rate for Drug Court is remarkable. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) states that 75 percent of graduates do not re-offend for at least 2 years after their program ends. Another outstanding statistic for Drug Court affirms that crime is down 45 percent more than other sentencing methods.

If you, or someone you love, struggles with drugs and alcohol, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is here to help facilitate addiction. Our holistic therapy and 12-Step aspects combined, can give an addict the tools that they need to have their own success rate.

Call us today: 844-720-6847

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