In today’s day and age, most of us know someone who has gotten in trouble for actions directly related to their substance use. When our loved one has been diagnosed with a substance use disorder, the chances of legal implications may even increase. This does not mean that if you engage in substance use or drinking or if you have an addiction, you will also have legal issues. Often, these legal consequences have to do with CPS involvement due to a parent’s, or parents’, substance use. Unfortunately, a lot of the legal ramifications do not include treatment or education about substance use disorders, so individuals go back out into the world and commit similar crimes over and over. Drug court is an option for some who have gotten in trouble legally for behaviors involving their drinking or substance use.

What is Drug Court?

Drug Court Versus Legal or Treatment Options for Substance Use Disorders

As of June 2015, 3,000 drug courts exist in the United States. They each have different target populations, plans, strategies, and case management resources. Even so, they tend to all model their programs off an inclusive model. This set-up includes:

  • Criminal screenings to calculate the individual’s risks, requirements, and responsivity
  • Legal communications
  • Watching for any drug use through means such as drug testing and supervision
  • Progressed sanctions and encouragements
  • Treatment and rehabilitation services

Drug court is a step down from jail or prison. For those who are not considered to be violent offenders, drug court is a much more viable option for society due to the costs of incarcerating an individual. These programs encourage a form of educational treatment instead of simply locking a person up. Along with an emphasis on recovery, drug courts attempt to diminish the chance of any future legal ramifications from substance use or drinking. Individuals involved in these programs are obligated to abstain from all substance engagement, to hold themselves responsible for any actions they engage in, and to complete all legal consequences regarding the crimes they have committed.

These programs are typically run by a multidisciplinary lineup. This team tends to include judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Drug courts also tend to be managed by community corrections workers, social workers, and other trained service workers.

An Oregon study demonstrated decreased re-offense arrests for substance-related crimes after an individual goes through drug court. While second offenses can vary year by year, recidivism decreased by 17-26% on average, which is still significant. This study also claims that drug court keeps societal costs down. Per individual member, societal savings of $6,744 were averaged for those attending drug court versus being incarcerated. That does not even include the cost of victimization.

An Alternative Option to Help Me Gain My Sobriety

Alcohol, cannabis, opiates, stimulants, and other illicit substances are often used incorrectly in America today. Substance use inhibits our impulse control and leaves us more vulnerable to legal implications. We want you to be able to get the help you need before it comes down to a plethora of tickets, incarcerations, or other legal difficulties. At Discovery Place in Burns, Tennessee, we offer an alternative program that focuses on a 12-Step philosophy to aid in abstaining from alcohol and other drugs. We offer a variety of programs, including a 30-day residential addiction recovery program and a long term recovery program. Get help today! Call us at 1-800-725-0922.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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