Drug addiction is a nationwide crisis, and many Pennsylvania residents are victims of addiction. As a result, these individuals may face drug charges if they are caught possessing illegal substances. It is safe to assume that no one wants to be addicted to drugs, but it is a cycle from which escape often seems impossible. However, the state is just as interested in reducing addiction as addicts are in escaping their conditions.
In some cases, courts offer those facing drug charges a chance to avoid harsh consequences in exchange for full participation in a diversion program. Here in Butler County, repeat offenders may receive the opportunity to enroll in Drug Treatment Court as an alternative to spending time in jail.
Because the program is quite intensive, it requires a strong commitment on the part of the defendant. Participants remain closely monitored and subject to court supervision throughout the program. They will have to undergo random drug testing and abide by other rules as well.
The benefits of program completion are many. A few examples of these benefits include:
- Acquiring and maintaining financial stability
- Improving personal relationships with friends and family
- Better physical and mental health
- Building good self-esteem and improving your outlook on life
- Increasing your capacity to be more self-reliant
- And, of course, no more drug charges and no more time behind bars
If you are facing new drug charges and have not received an offer to participate in Drug Treatment Court, consider speaking with a defense attorney about the program. He or she may be able to persuade the court to allow you to enroll in the treatment program instead of going to jail if conviction seems imminent.