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Addiction can bring pure chaos and misery. It can seem so bleak, especially for those that have been arrested or that have to contend with legal consequences that have resulted from a drug or alcohol addiction. But life can be improved and those that take the proper corrective actions are the people that are successful in their endeavor to reclaim health, sanity, and sobriety. Your next action is to receive free, confidential, and immediate guidance and help by filling out our contact form online or by calling our rehab and recovery hotline!
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Will the Recent Law Changes Lead More to Seek Substance Abuse Treatment?
A recently passed California ballot initiative reduces many drug charges from felonies to misdemeanors, raising concerns among proponents of court-ordered drug treatment that fewer addicts will seek rehab and treatment. However, many substance abuse and recovery experts disagree with this assessment. We examined the statements made by numerous addiction professionals. The research suggests that the combination of reduced penalties, greater choice and increased insurance coverage for detox, rehab, treatment, therapy, and counseling under the Affordable Care Act may instead lead more people to seek treatment for substance abuse issues before being forced into it by the courts.
California's Prop 47 is only the latest state to reduce the criminal charges and penalties for lesser drug offenses. Many states are realizing that sentencing people to harsh sentences for drugs isn't solving the problem. Prisons are filled with people who couldn't control their substance abuse habit and addiction, and this is costing states and taxpayers a lot of money just to house them. Over the past several years, other states have passed similar measures, and the concerns that have been raised by proponents of so-called "drug courts" in California have also been raised in other states. Those experts fear that without the threat of a felony conviction looming over their heads, fewer addicts will agree to diversion programs or measures for rehab and recovery under the court-ordered programs.
But many addiction professionals argue that people addicted to alcohol and drugs want to get sober and that taking away the criminality of their addiction opens them up to more options to get help. In fact, in a 2011 report, the Drug Policy Alliance noted that diversion programs have shown no more success in reducing recidivism for drug-related offenses than probation. In addition, says the report, drug courts often result in more punitive treatments for those who fail to successfully complete the prescribed treatment.
In some cases, if an addict who is sentenced to drug treatment fails the treatment, they are then sent to prison. That's why the research shows that many people who are "sentenced" to treatment end up worse off than if they had sought rehab or counseling outside of the court system. After all, if they fail, they would be free to pursue another type of treatment which may work better for them. A large part of the problem is that the criminal justice system often refers people to treatment centers based solely on the available openings in court-approved programs rather than because a particular type of treatment is most appropriate for the individual. And it's common knowledge that choosing the most appropriate model for rehabilitation and recovery is a key factor in an addict's successful recovery.
The critics of reduced criminal charges for low-level drug offenses also fail to account for the effect of the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. Under the new law, health insurance companies must now provide coverage for substance abuse treatment just as they do for other health issues. That means an addict is now free to get help outside of the criminal justice system, and that help is likely to be more effective. In short, the addition of paid-for addiction treatment to the Affordable Care Act removes a second significant barrier to those who would otherwise seek treatment for substance abuse issues. Rather than a reduction in people seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, the cumulative effects of reduction in penalties and health insurance coverage may actually result in more people seeking and finding the help they need to attain real recovery.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for drug or alcohol issues, it is critical to know more about drug charges, drug court, rehab, and treatment and what options may exist as diversionary programs. And although one priority would obviously be to avoid jail or prison time, another priority must be that the addiction is actually addressed and effectively treated so that it is not a recurring situation. It should be noted that, in many cases, the courts may be open to alternative solutions such as when the family or individual has selected and made enrollment arrangements with a private treatment or counseling center.
Although contending with an addiction and with legal issues can be completely overwhelming, you are not alone in your quest for a better life. By contacting us, you have activated a network of advocates dedicated to your successful rehab and recovery experience. Although our help is offered for free, it so often proves to be completely invaluable!
Make the most of your resources. Contending with the court system on top of an addiction can actually be beneficial as long as one is intelligent about the moves they make. Otherwise, the situation can just be a continuation of the suffering. So enlist our support and take your next step towards a sane and sober life! Your next move is to receive free, confidential help by calling our rehab and recovery hotline!
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