A judge can provide a court order that someone must attend rehab either as part of or in lieu of jail time. Many judges rely on this sentencing when dealing with people they believe will avoid treatment, because this treatment is intended to help people recreate healthy and productive lifestyles.
These services vary by state, but each state provides a variety of services to meet the court-ordered needs of addicts.
How Long Does Rehabilitation Last?
Court-ordered addiction treatment varies in length according to the severity of each person’s addiction and the facility. If a person has a recurring relapse issue, has become a danger to himself or has a co-occurring condition, additional time is essential for rehab.
Most programs last one or two months, but long-term care is available for more serious cases.
Types of Court-Ordered Addiction Treatment
In most states, there is an approved list of treatment facilities, and judges often allow people to choose their own treatment program. However the list of approved treatment methods include the following types:
- Outpatient treatment – This treatment option allows people to live at home, go to work and care for their children and family members. Most outpatient services provide individual and group counseling and pharmacological services if needed.
- Inpatient treatment – This option removes addicts from their environments and houses them in a safe environment to focus on healing. Building on a recovery model of group counseling, individual counseling and pharmacological support, inpatient treatment also provides medically supervised detox, life skills programs for diet and fitness and a variety of therapeutic practices such as equine therapy.
- Community support – Regardless of which treatment program you select, augment it by participating in a support group, such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous. These groups exchange information, knowledge and support to help recovering addicts maintain sobriety.
Once you decide on the best option for your specific needs, prepare yourself mentally and emotionally to get the most of these services.
Preparing for Treatment
If you view a court-ordered rehab program as a “get out of jail” pass, you may realize that this is an opportunity for you to get help and learn to live sober. It is important to enter treatment with an open mind and positive attitude. To get the most from treatment, attend every counseling session ready to work.
Help Finding Treatment Options
Many people have a few choices regarding addiction treatment for a court order. Determining which of these options meets your needs best can be overwhelming, but we can help you determine the most appropriate service for you.
While recovery is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today at 269-280-4673. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about treatment options; we are here to help.