Advocacy Services & Case Management
Court Ordered Treatment Options and Patient Advocacy
Substance use and addiction lead to chaos in a person’s life. Drugs and alcohol not only cause a host of physical health issues, but they can quickly lead to dependence and addiction. Furthermore, substance abuse challenges a person’s decision-making skills, which leads to financial problems, unsafe and risky behavior, violence, and crime. Even when the person isn’t dependent or addicted to drugs or alcohol, they can still be controlled by the substance and make poor judgment calls, leading to trouble with law enforcement and court ordered treatment.
Those who break the law while under the influence or because of substances are often court-ordered to enroll in rehab, attend drug and alcohol education classes, or at the very least, be assessed for the risk for addiction. The process of fulfilling court orders of this type can be confusing and time-consuming, leaving the individual and their family looking for help with navigating the system. It is at times like this that case management services are beneficial to help families understand their obligations, rights, and options.
Crime and Substance Abuse
According to The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD):
- 50 percent of state and federal prisoners meet the clinical criteria for a substance use disorder, but only 20 percent receive substance abuse treatment.
- Alcohol and drugs are implicated in an estimated 80% of offenses leading to incarceration in the United States such as domestic violence, driving while intoxicated, property offenses, drug offenses, and public-order offenses.
- Alcohol is a factor in 40% of all violent crimes today, and according to the Department of Justice, 37% of almost 2 million convicted offenders currently in jail, report that they were drinking at the time of their arrest.
- About 3 million violent crimes occur each year in which victims perceive the offender to have been drinking and statistics related to alcohol use by violent offenders generally show that about half of all homicides and assaults are committed when the offender, victim, or both have been drinking.
- Among victims of domestic violence, alcohol played a role in 55% of the cases; for spousal violence, alcohol was a factor in 65% of the cases.
- Nearly 500,000 incidents between intimates involve offenders who have been drinking; in addition, 118,000 incidents of family violence (excluding spouses) involve alcohol, as do 744,000 incidents among acquaintances.
- 95 percent of inmates consume alcohol or other drugs after leaving confinement and between 60 and 80 percent commit a drug-related crime after being released.
The answer to all the problems above is substance abuse education and treatment. For those who have not yet committed a crime, prevention in the form of education and addiction risk assessment is key. For those who have already been convicted of a crime and have been ordered to complete some sort of treatment program, there is still hope.