Court ordered rehab generally occurs when someone has a substance abuse problem and likely won't choose to address it on their own. Although it is sad to realize, there are many people who are at rehab clinics for their substance abuse and they are not there because of their own choosing, but rather because they have been forced there by their family, a court, or an employer. The common assumption is that there are better results when people are willing to go to rehab on their own, but some studies suggest that there are actually a slightly better or similar result even when the rehab is court ordered.
Beginning in the late 1980s, there were some states and local areas that thought it was better to change their approach to handling drug offenders. They created drug courts in response to the overlap that existed between crime and substance abuse. This approach has been helping the court system to target the individuals who had major problems that were related to drug abuse. When substance abusers are arrested and appear in court, the judges sometimes will order for the person to go to a drug rehab location and participate in a program.
The general intent is to enable the patient to be able to cease the substance abuse and to help them in avoiding the psychological, financial, legal, social, and physical issues that it can cause with extreme abuse. People convicted of minor drug offenses may be sentenced to rehabilitation instead of prison and those who are convicted of driving while under the influence are sometimes required to attend addiction treatment programs. The theory behind this type of treatment is that the substance abusers lack the internal or personal motivation that is necessary to stop using drugs so the judge has to order it to ensure there is another motivation for the person to enter the treatment to change their behavior.
Everyone has the opportunity to experience court ordered rehab if they have allowed their substance abuse to grow out of control. There are a lot of people who assume that it is mainly used for celebrities because they see them receiving this kind of treatment the most often when they are dealing with substance abuse; however, it is actually an option that occurs to almost anyone who keeps getting into legal issues due to their use of substance abuse and an unwilling attitude regarding going to a rehab program. Sometimes employers will send an employee to rehab because they recognize that the employee is a great worker but is not at their best when they are dealing with a drug issue and forcing them to go to rehab is the only way to fix the problem. Other times, a family member might work to arrange that a court ordered rehab or other forced rehab situation occurs in order to ensure that their loved one goes into rehab to get the treatment that they need in order to recover properly from their addiction.