With the evolution and expansion of treatment courts, increased education of treatment team members, and a greater understanding of the dynamic of substance abuse and addiction, treatment court teams are reversing the startling statistics. This innovative program provides a blueprint for moving forward to effectively treat drug abuse within our judicial system.
Without a critical, in-depth understanding of the evolution of drugs, the use and abuse of illicit substances, and addiction, treatment court efficacy becomes all about procedural, evidence-based practices and much less about empowering the individual into true recovery. The importance of understanding current trends and how to maintain accountability through testing and other evidence-based practices begins with a comprehensive understanding of procedural components, and requires current knowledge of drug use and abuse. Let’s face it, people who use drugs become creative and good at beating the system (yes, even the judge!) and we must keep on top of the information in order to ensure reduced recidivism rates.