Someone caught in the cycle of addiction to drugs or alcohol may take actions they wouldn’t otherwise, and that can land them in trouble with the law.
From DUIs to crimes such as theft, criminal activity isn’t excused simply because someone was struggling with substance abuse at the time. However, Florida law does make provisions for the fact that people who commit crimes related to their drug or alcohol abuse may benefit more from inpatient rehab than incarceration
Transitions Recovery Program offers an alternative sentencing program that helps individuals meet court-ordered substance abuse treatment requirements while working toward a drug- or alcohol-free lifestyle.
What Is Court-Ordered Drug Rehab?
In some criminal cases in Florida, the judge has the ability to order substance abuse treatment instead of jail time. Studies have shown that for certain individuals, inpatient treatment is much more effective in supporting rehabilitation and a return to a constructive life than jail time, so courts are even apt to make this decision when factors allow for it
Some factors that impact whether a judge will order rehab instead of jail time include:
- Whether it’s a first offense
- Whether the crime was violent in nature
- Whether drugs or alcohol were directly connected to the crime
- Whether the court believes the person would benefit from rehab
Alternative sentencing is not about punishing a person — individuals should not look at their time in rehab as a “did the crime, must do the time” endeavor. Instead, court-ordered substance abuse treatment lets the court offer someone a choice to seek a sober lifestyle while also avoiding incarceration. Many people also ask “how long in court ordered rehab?” The answer is it depends on the judges sentence and the recommended length of the treatment needed to get sober.
What to Expect With Court-Ordered Alcohol or Drug Rehab
After the court orders rehab, individuals must work with an approved inpatient program, such as the Transitions Recovery Program. Failure to meet the requirements set out by the court, which might include being admitted within a certain amount of time to a program and spending a certain number of days in rehab while remaining compliant with program rules, can result in jail time that a person previously avoided.
Once admitted to an alcohol or drug rehab program as ordered by the court, individuals take part in the same treatment that they would if they sought help on their own. That might include individual and group therapy, recreational therapy and education about nutrition, exercise and managing triggers for alcohol or drug use. Family therapy, treatment for dual diagnoses such as anxiety or depression and 12-step meetings are also available at Transitions Recovery Program.
Facilities that provide court-ordered treatment also help with the related legal and compliance matters. For example, the staff at Transitions Recovery Program is experienced in working with attorneys to ensure documentation is in place for probation officers or the court as needed. That might include progress reports, discharge plans or urinalysis reports related to drug tests.
Whether you (or your client) has been ordered by the court to seek rehab or you want to reach out for help proactively, Transitions Recovery Program can help. Call us today at 800-298-1783 or contact us here for more information or to schedule an admissions consultation to learn more about how to get courted ordered rehab.
This web copy was reviewed by Transitions Recovery Program’s Director – Marian Bach, LMHC, CAP