Maine Court Ordered Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers

A Maine court-ordered treatment program works with the criminal justice system to help individuals recover from alcohol or drug addiction. Treatment programs offer a variety of solutions to help with the recovery process.

Alcohol addiction and substance abuse impacts lives each year. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that 53 percent of Maine residents drink and 23 percent binge drink. Among young adults, roughly 66 percent drink and 46 percent binge drink. Excessive alcohol consumption causes potential health concerns and legal concerns.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, roughly 38 percent of first time arrests relate to alcohol abuse and 18 percent relate to illicit drug abuse. The rates increase for two or more arrests, so alcohol abuse directly impacts crime rates. When an individual is arrested for a drug or alcohol-related crime, a judge may determine that a court-mandated treatment program is an appropriate solution.

Basics of Court-Mandated Programs

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a court ordered program is as effective as voluntary programs. In some cases, the treatment plan is actually more effective because individuals have specific reasons to avoid substance abuse and regain their personal well-being.

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Benefits of Court-Ordered Treatment Programs

Treating addiction provides a variety of benefits that help improve a personal lifestyle and individual health. The key benefits of a court-ordered program include:

  • Motivation to focus on recovery, particularly if treatment prevents time in jail or prison
  • Avoiding substance abuse for the duration of treatment and potentially preventing a relapse
  • Regaining relationships with family members due to family therapy
  • Identifying the underlying cause of addiction, such as a mental health disorder or traumatic experience
  • Treating mental health disorders that complicate addiction recovery
  • Improving physical and emotional health
  • Reducing physical discomfort from health conditions that are caused by addiction
  • Changing personal behaviors
  • Gaining a brighter future

A court-ordered treatment program provides counseling, behavioral therapy and other treatment options that reduce the risk of relapsing in the future. Some programs also provide alternative therapies and holistic solutions so that individuals focus on their specific recovery goals. Although the individual enters treatment after a court case, he or she gains new opportunities to start fresh with loved ones, employment and even personal health.

Cities In Maine With Court-Ordered Rehabs

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