I flew to Banff Canada this week to present Relapse Prevention: Taking the Mystery out of the Relapse Process, for The Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals Annual Faces of Addiction Conference. See below information from their website www.cadtc.org
Drug Treatment Courts have the responsibility to handle cases involving drug-using offenders through a system involving comprehensive supervision, mandatory drug testing, treatment services (and other therapeutic interventions) and immediate sanctions and incentives.
The objective of Drug Treatment Courts is to reduce substance abuse, crime and recidivism through the rehabilitation of persons who commit crimes to support their substance dependency. Drug Treatment Courts provide the focus and leadership for community-wide, anti-drug systems, bringing together criminal justice, treatment, education and other community-based partners in the reduction of substance dependency, abuse criminality and related harm.
One of the most powerful aspects of this conference was having alumni success clients from the different Canadian Drug Treatment Courts share their stories. One person brought tears to my eyes—and I noticed to many other participants—when she shared coming from being homeless, selling drugs and selling herself to feed her addiction, to becoming an employee of the Canadian Drug Treatment Court System and helping others succeed on their road to recovery.
Like in the United States, budget constraints are having an impact. One presenter had statistics from Drug Treatment Courts in the United States demonstrating a several hundred percent return on investment for clients going through the Drug Treatment Court System instead of jail/prison as usual. If only I could get that kind of return on my retirement investments.
I would encourage everyone to support your local Drug Treatment Courts.
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