Court System and Drug Abuse Treatment for Veterans

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Objective: Drug abuse supervisory court system where civilians and veterans can follow the court program to assist with their sentencing and fulfill legal obligations. National Drug Court Program where veterans can find courts that treat and counsel drug abuse.


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Our brave veterans fought for the safety of our country and many return with trauma brought on during their service. After going through combat, veterans may experience Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can come on after a trauma or life-threatening event. It is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. There is a strong correlation between veterans with PTSD and veterans with substance abuse problems. In fact, 2 out of every 10 veterans with PTSD, also has Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD).

Drug courts are an option for drug-addicted individuals, in lieu of traditional justice system case processing. Drug courts keep individuals in treatment long enough for the treatment to work, while supervising them closely throughout the duration. For at least one year, participants in drug courts are provided treatment, held accountable, tested for drug use, and required to appear in court so the judge may review their progress. During this time, individuals are not sent through traditional courts, which often result in jail time, rather than effective treatment.

The scientific community has done extensive research on the benefits of drug courts over prison, and has concluded that Drug Courts work better than jail, and better than probation and treatment alone. If you know a veteran in need of a drug court, help them by showing them their closest location:

Drug Courts are the most effective justice intervention for treating people with a drug addiction. Drug Courts reduce drug use, reduce crime, save money, and restore lives. If a veteran you know is facing jail time for a drug-related, or drug-driven crime, see if they’re eligible to participate in drug court here:

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