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Are drug courts effective?

If you are facing drug-related criminal charges in Connecticut, you may, depending on the specifics of your situation, receive an offer to enter a drug court program as an alternative to having to serve time behind bars. While they are not available in all areas, drug courts may not only keep you out of jail, but also help give you the tools you need to kick your drug addiction once and for all.

How? For starters, drug court participants are, according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, more likely than those outside of the program to get off drugs, and stay off them. In fact, without the accountability that drug courts require (such programs typically involve regular drug testing and appearances before a judge) about 70 percent of drug addicts ditch treatment before they are fit to do so.

If you are facing a methamphetamine addiction, specifically, know that drug courts may be able to help you. Methamphetamine addiction is notoriously tough to kick, but drug courts reduce meth use by more than 50 percent when compared to other, outpatient drug treatment programs. Furthermore, meth addicts who complete drug court stay clean about four times as long as those who go through eight other types of treatment programs.

Drug courts are effective at helping you beat your drug addiction, and they also have proven, positive effects on your surrounding community. In addition to reducing crime and reoffender rates, drug courts save communities considerable money, producing savings that range from about $3,000 to $13,000 per client.

This information about drug courts seeks to inform you, but it is not a replacement for legal guidance.


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