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    What Are Ohio Drug Courts, and Court-Ordered Rehab?

    A court-ordered treatment, court-ordered rehab is sometimes offered by the judge for sentenced individuals instead of serving a jail sentence. This program is part of the goal of the justice system to help people who struggle with drug addiction to overcome their dependency issues and successfully integrate back into society.

    Court Ordered Drug Rehab and Ohio Drug Courts Explained

    Those who committed a drug-related crime may select this alternative restorative program instead of serving jail time.  In effect, the court acknowledges that the violators were not fully controlled by their mental faculties when they committed the crime because of drug or alcohol use. If people are abusing alcohol or drugs, they are more likely to commit a crime in their attempt to obtain more drugs due to satisfy their addiction.

    According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, almost 2 in 10 federal and state inmates admitted that they committed a crime in their attempt to obtain drugs. Although most people have the perception that addicted individuals become violent, the data showed otherwise. In fact, in the 20 years from 1987 to 2007, the link between drugs and homicide cases not even exceeded 7.5%, which is a small percentage. Most of the crimes committed were opportunistic, which means they usually steal or rob to get money to sustain addiction. Of course, it should also be noted that inmates might have not been truthful in answering the survey questions.


    The court-appointed rehab, therefore, should be seen as an opportunity to restart life free from addiction. You are given a second chance to rebuild your life and start over. Lockdown rehab will not only clear your system of drugs and alcohol. Still, it will also teach you life skills, coping mechanisms, and aftercare services to increase your chances of remaining sober after you finish the program.

    There are some conditions before an individual is eligible for Ohio drug courts and court-ordered rehabilitation.

    • Finish the rehab program recommended by the therapist or physician
    • Participate in regular and random drug testing
    • In working with a drug court judge to make sure they follow all the conditions and obligations
    • To complete all court schedules as well as appearances
    • Obtain incentives for any form of progress or a reprimand if they miss an appointment or required obligation

    What is an Ohio Drug Court or Court-Ordered Treatment?

    Ohio drug courts are specialized dockets that handle cases involving substance-abusing offenders through supervision, drug and alcohol testing, treatment services, and immediate sanctions and incentives. The majority of people participating in Ohio’s drug courts are heroin/opioid-dependent, like those in the Franklin County HART Court Program.

    The drug court is a specialized court that handles cases involving drug-induced crimes, including driving under the influence and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It also handles cases involving juvenile defenders, as well as parents with substance abuse problems.

    Is Court-Ordered Treatment Effective?

    Individuals involved in the legal system may find themselves being court ordered to go to therapy. Some reasons may include drug abuse, anger management, or parenting issues. When it comes to court-ordered therapy, a common question is: Is therapy effective if someone is being ordered or “forced” to go?

    The fallacy that rehab treatment needs to be voluntary to work still exists even today.  Typically, if someone chooses to go to therapy (“choice therapy”), they already start with some internal motivation or reasons to get help and change. But what about someone who never would have chosen to go to therapy? The research shows that court-ordered therapy is actually just as effective as choice therapy.

    Individuals court ordered to therapy tend to have higher attendance rates and remain in treatment longer. Of course, we can attribute some of that to the fact they are required to attend a certain number of sessions, and they may have legal pressure to attend, but they still have a choice to either go through the motions or actually learn and change.

    So what makes court ordered therapy the most effective, so the person does learn and change?  Receiving the proper type of therapy for what the individual needs.  If the appropriate treatment is received for the necessary length of time, mandatory treatment can be just as successful as treatment when it is voluntarily sought. For example, there are many different types of substance abuse treatments. Depending on the severity of the abuse/addiction, additional mental health diagnoses, and other factors, certain treatment programs may not be the best fit, even for someone choosing to receive treatment.

    Finding the appropriate treatment for an individual is key for successful court ordered therapy. It turns out it is not whether therapy was by choice or not that determines effectiveness, but is whether the correct type of therapy is provided for the person’s presenting issues. To best determine what type of therapy could likely help your clients, consult with drug rehab or the mental health counseling profession experienced in working with court-ordered treatment.

    The National Association of Drug Court Professionals still believes that the drug courts are still one of the most effective mechanisms to give people with a substance abuse disorder. The group said that based on research, the court ordered drug treatment has been a successful intervention program to help:

    • Stop or cut down the drug abuse
    • Stop or cut down the crimes in the community
    • Help improve the lives of the program beneficiaries
    • Help stop broken families
    • Improve the lives of the children

    Will You Avoid Jail if You Go Through Ohio Drug Court or Court Ordered Rehab?

    Technically yes. You won’t have to go to jail if you go to rehab as the judge ordered. But you have to meet the minimum requirements before you are eligible for a court-ordered drug treatment program.

    • The crime you committed is non-violent
    • You are qualified for probation
    • The crime you committed was directly or indirectly due to your drug addiction.
    • The judge thinks that drug rehab would be the best path for you
    • You have to plead guilty to the crime
    • You have to be prepared to follow all the conditions

    You do not have to participate in drug courts to get court-ordered rehab. However, if you do participate in this court, you must plead guilty to the crime for which you were charged, meet all the above requirements, and agree to complete a rehab program

    How Do Ohio Drug Courts Work with Court Ordered Rehabs?

    Sentencing a convicted individual to attend court-ordered rehabilitation in lieu of prison is just a small part of the duty of the drug courts. For instance, they are also tasked to oversee the monitoring of the concerned individual, ensure that all criteria and conditions are met, order drug screenings, make sure the offender will complete the training and education programs, manage all the stakeholders to ensure that everybody is on the same page.

    This is called the Drug Court Model, and every Ohio drug court adheres to its guidelines. The main purpose, of course, is to help the individual get his life back.

    The court ordered other drug intervention programs. Instead of an outright rehab, some judges will order the offender to undergo other interventions instead. Among these are:

    • The accelerated pre-trial rehab program
    • Alcohol and drug addiction education program
    • Community service

    This is the same argument pushed by some sectors which questioned the effectiveness of sending an offender to a locked-down drug rehabilitation facility and threatening him with jail if he doesn’t comply. So yes, even if it’s against the individual’s will, the court-appointed rehab does work. The paper presented to the Office of the National Drug Control Policy’s Conference of Scholars and Policy Makers in 1998 concluded that coercive rehab programs do work only for the shock value. Of course, you can’t expect a 100% success rate. The paper’s title was “The Effectiveness of Coerced Treatment for Drug Abusing Offenders.

    PUSH for Recovery is Experienced in Working with Ohio Drug Courts?

    PUSH for Recovery is located in Columbus, Ohio and we are very experienced in working with drug courts in Franklin County.  Your counselor and case manager will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan specific to you, your needs, and the requirements of Ohio drug courts.

    Beginning an Ohio drug court program may seem overwhelming.  However, the experienced staff of PUSH for Recovery knows how to help you navigate the requirements of Ohio drug courts, and we are here to help you be successful in completing your drug court program.  Call today to get started on your recovery program that will meet the requirements of Ohio drug courts.


    Donate to help the Life Recovery Society provide a safe, sober, supportive, and flexible way for individuals to earn an income while in treatment.  Life Recovery Society also plans to add a men's and women's sober living home in the Hilltop Community.