mandatory treatment

Suffering from drug and alcohol abuse is detrimental to your quality of health and your quality of life. It can interfere with work, parenting, and social gatherings—creating isolation between you and everybody. When you reach such a point, you begin to become less motivated by positive thoughts and more motivated by your negative thoughts. Soon, your sole motivation is seeking more drugs or alcohol to help influence how you feel. This leads to neglect of any other health-related issues you might have and your interpersonal relationships can deteriorate. When you reach the point of disregard and are only motivated by the drug or drink of choice, it might be time for an outside source to mandate the help you need. However, some wonder whether or not mandatory treatment works, while others see this kind of treatment as a sort-of jump-start to help get your life back on track. 

Rehab Potential  

Your recovery always benefits when you choose to seek help. However, sometimes you can fall back into your addiction which can make outside intervention necessary. No matter your reason, when you find yourself in rehab, you are offered the opportunity and potential to become sober and remain sober. The National Institute on Drug Abuse further supports this; their research has discovered that the success rates after five years are similar for those who enter voluntarily and those who are mandated. This study is encouraging because it also discovered reduced relapse rates, arrests, and even improved employment rates. Many expressed that they found the internal motivation to continue to choose recovery over relapse. 

When Is Mandatory Treatment Required? 

The influence of drugs and alcohol impairs judgment, leading to negative thoughts and behaviors. When your addiction has you participating in dangerous acts, criminal, stealing, dealing, using, and interfering with others’ places of business and lives, the criminal justice system will intervene and mandate treatment. A large portion of State inmates and Federal prisoners reported being under the influence at the time of their crime. A mandate is especially likely when you are involved in a crime and under the influence at the time. This includes DUI, DWI, and DUID offenses. 

Drug Court 

Depending on the offense, a court-mandated order to seek treatment can come during or after sentencing, parole, or probation period. Since drug-related crime costs society over 500 billion dollars yearly, drug courts exist to reduce these costs to taxpayers. Drug courts attempt to rehabilitate those that suffer from addiction in a year-long recovery program to achieve long-term recovery. This kind of ruling and rehab exists alongside traditional legal procedures to reduce the volume of inmates and costs that surround conventional ruling. Eligibility for such a ruling varies between states, but those convicted of violent crimes are generally not considered. 

Methods of Treatment

In all of its different facets, rehab seeks to help those working to attain sobriety. Long term, treatment aims to give you the tools needed to manage your addiction and to maintain life-long sobriety independently. Such treatment includes research, clinical studies, and using science to find an approach to treating the patient. Additionally, True Recovery utilizes research, science, and alternative treatments to ensure the patient is receiving the best possible care. These include behavioral therapies to help cope with stress and triggers. The treatment will also help patients sit with their thoughts—meditating on the negative thoughts and behaviors before instilling the confidence to overcome these thoughts with positive thoughts. 

Treatment does not just aim to correct the addiction by enforcing discipline and abstinence. Modern-day treatment facilities like True Recovery go deeper into discovering the root of the addiction. Often, an addiction disorder is accompanied by mental and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Such diagnoses are known as dual diagnoses, and treatment aims to rehabilitate all disorders to serve the patient’s recovery best. This includes therapy, counseling, 12-Step programs, and seeking alternative care for home use; writing, meditation, mindfulness, and other hobbies. This form of recovery that treats both disorders simultaneously has been shown to have a long-lasting recovery and a reduced relapse rate. 


Sometimes a patient might require medication to help regulate withdrawal symptoms, moods, and cravings. Such detox should be under the supervision of professionals to ensure the best possible care. This kind of medication-based detox will continue until stabilization. After stabilization, the treatment facility will seek to instill many of the treatments mentioned above; therapy, 12-step, mindfulness, etc., to support the healthiest ways to recovery. These practices help build long-term results, whereas relying on medication could cause relapse or even create other dependencies. 

Does it Work? 

While there is much debate over whether a court-mandated treatment works, according to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service database, they are more effective than incarceration. The evolution of the Drug Court process can lead to cost-reducing alternatives that aim to rehabilitate, not punish. This could make for one of the best tools used to combat addiction because it allows patients to remain functional in their everyday lives—thus promoting sobriety and managing their life. Despite varying opinions, all can agree that getting help for an addiction or mental disorder is a must, whether by choice or court-mandated. 


If you find yourself headed deeper into addiction and know that it is only a matter of time before you run into legal troubles, we here at True Recovery want to help. At True Recovery, we offer 24/7 care that will aim to offset your addiction and get you on the path toward recovery before you make a mistake. Additionally, suppose you have already run into legal trouble. In that case, our Court Services team is not only among the top when it comes to experience but among the top for understanding your needs. Our services aim to build the best defense for finding the best treatment for you. Don’t wait before it’s too late. To learn more, call us today at (866) 399-6528. We’re here to help you every step of the way.