If you or a loved one are facing jail time there is an alternative, and Lighthouse Network can help you find it. We can help you get into effective rehab that will provide you with hope for your future instead of simply doing your time in jail. Even if you are presently serving a sentence, there is an opportunity to spend time in rehab instead. Judges would much rather see defendants in rehab than jail, and we can help you get a treatment program worked into your sentence.
Many people today are faced with drug or alcohol rehab that has been ordered by the court. Court-ordered rehab can happen in a number of ways. The judge might include some form of addiction treatment as part of the individual’s sentence. The person’s lawyer might work out a deal with the prosecutor to make rehab a requirement. In some areas, family members can ask for help from the courts to get their loved one into court-ordered rehab. No matter how it happens, being ordered by the court to attend addiction treatment should not be viewed as a sentence, but as an opportunity to turn one’s life around.
If you have been court-ordered to go to treatment, you have been given a second chance. If your actions have finally caught up with you, this doesn’t mean the end for you. Regardless of how you got caught or why you are in trouble, if you are court-ordered to go to rehab, the justice system believes there is a problem that needs to be solved for the your own good, as well as for public safety. Make the most of this opportunity to get your life back.
Incarceration Alone Does Not Change Lives
There is much debate over how effective jail time is for rehabilitating a drug addict or alcoholic. While there should still be consequences for one’s actions, rehab is more impactful to the individual in the long term than jail, and courts are becoming more aware of the better long term benefits of treatment instead of incarceration.
When an individual is simply locked away for a crime related to substance abuse, at the time of their release many will go right back to the same behaviors that landed them behind bars the first time. There is no rehabilitation, no change that takes place in the person’s life, thinking, or attitude. This leads to a vicious cycle of crime, jail time, and release, followed almost immediately by substance abuse and the crime again. To break the cycle, the individual must learn how to replace their substance-related behavior with healthy, positive behaviors.
Drug and Alcohol Treatment is Important to Rehabilitation
Jail is sometimes an important and necessary part of the justice system, but treatment is always an important part. Rehab helps the person understand the reasons behind their actions and addiction, and allows them to develop the tools they need to live a sober life.
This does not mean that a person should not face the repercussions of their actions. Consequences are usually necessary for a person to learn that past behaviors are wrong and provide motivation to stop doing the wrong thing. Jail can be an important consequence to help reinforce these principles, but time behind bars should occur after treatment and rehabilitation.
By sending a person to court-ordered rehab, the individual is being given the chance to make something of their life, to begin a new path. Treatment helps an addict understand how taking responsibility for their actions and serving whatever consequences their parents, spouse, employer, or government has is an important part of their treatment, healing, and growth process. So even if the recovering addict needs to go to jail after the treatment episode, they will be better able to take responsibility, serve their time well, and turn adversity into growth and opportunity.
Lighthouse Network can help individuals find approved facilities for court-ordered rehab. We specialize in connecting people with the help they need in uncertain circumstances such as treatment ordered by the court. Contact us at 844-LifeChange (543-3242) today to learn how we can help you find the program that is right for you.