Wisconsin Court Ordered Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers
Medically reviewed byDr. Richard Foster, LICDC-CS
April 9, 2019
Individuals charged with committing a drug-related crime often have the opportunity to seek court-ordered treatment in lieu of more serious punishments. In Wisconsin, individuals can recover from addiction and get back on the path to sobriety in a court-ordered treatment program.
Substance abuse impacts personal behavior and causes inappropriate actions. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, around 38 percent of first-time arrests relate to alcohol abuse. When individuals are arrested two or more times, the rate of alcohol abuse increases to almost 52 percent of crimes. Illicit drugs account for 18 percent of first-time arrests and 36 percent of individuals who have two or more arrests.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that almost 62 percent of Wisconsin residents drink alcohol and nearly 29 percent binge drink. Excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of drinking and driving or other illegal activities, so a judge may determine that individuals need treatment after they are arrested for alcohol or drug-related crimes. Court-ordered treatments provide an opportunity to recover from addiction and improve personal well-being.
What is Court-Mandated Treatment?
A court-ordered treatment means that an individual is required to seek addiction treatment after an arrest. It may occur after being charged with driving while intoxicated or it may relate to other crimes like theft, burglary and similar crimes if an individual is intoxicated at the time of the crime.
Generally, court-mandated programs are an effective treatment solution. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that the treatment programs are as effective as or more effective than voluntary treatment programs. In many cases, individuals are motivated to stay in the program due to the legal consequences that occur if they ignore the court order.
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Benefits Of Court Ordered Treatment Plans
Going through a court-mandated treatment program offers key benefits when individuals are recovering from alcohol or drug abuse. The advantages include:
- Improving physical health and well-being
- Reducing discomfort or pain with appropriate treatments
- Treating a mental health disorder that complicates substance abuse or addiction
- Focusing on recovery goals
- Improving diet and nutrition
- Starting an exercise program or routine
- Rebuilding and improving relationships with family members due to family counseling
- Gaining a healthy support system through group therapy
- Identifying the cause of addiction, such as a mental health disorder or a traumatic experience
- Treating any physical health disorders that develop due to substance abuse
Addiction damages family relationships, personal health, and even individual behaviors. By identifying the causes of addiction and obtaining a personalized treatment plan, individuals rebuild their relationships and improve their situation. Court-ordered programs offer a chance to start fresh and obtain personal recovery goals, even when an individual did not start the treatment plan voluntarily.