Addiction Rehab Court Liaison Program
Many of our clients have pending legal cases when they begin treatment. In order to help patients focus on their recovery and avoid the distractions of court issues as much as possible, many facilities provide resources to help patients manage legal concerns during the rehabilitation process.
The experts in court liaison programs, under the guidance of our supervising attornies, facilitate communication between patients and their legal representatives. They stay on top of legal requirements and oversee the necessary details so that the patient only has to get involved during treatment if there is important action pending, such as a court date.
The Importance of Court Liaison Services in Addiction Recovery
One of the major reasons that people struggling with addiction tend to avoid coming forward for help has a lot to do with the legal and financial issues surrounding addiction. While it is true that not every case of addiction involves these kinds of issues, those who do struggle with money and the law alongside their addictions may feel inclined to keep their troubles a secret out of embarrassment, guilt or shame. In cases like this, having court liaison services as part of addiction treatment is a great relief for those looking to fully commit to getting sober. These services allow for patients to focus on their recovery without the risks of further compromising their finances or legal standing.
What if the Patient Isn’t in Rehab By Choice?
It’s an unfortunate truth that many people who struggle with substance addiction find themselves on the wrong side of the law. This is especially true for individuals who have developed addictions to illicit substances. Addiction to hard drugs like cocaine and heroin can easily translate to time in jail or even prison if left untreated. Most of the time, this is because cravings can drive an addicted individual to criminal behaviors like theft and violence. So, while addiction treatment at a rehab facility may very well end up being a court-mandated order and not the addicted person’s choice, the more serious and pending legal issues outside of it still need to be handled. This is where court liaison services programs come as a great benefit to those who are in recovery on a court order, as they can still handle all of their legal issues with help while undergoing addiction treatment.
Even patients who haven’t been sentenced to court-ordered rehab may be facing legal obligations that would be hard to address alone during addiction treatment. This can include legal proceedings like divorce, custody battles, and other issues that may complicate an individual’s healing process. The world keeps turning even after you enter addiction treatment, and court liaison service programs can help you manage any legal issues you may be facing as you continue your treatment with support from staff.
What Addiction Treatment Court Liaison Programs Offer
Often court liaison programs are integrated into every facet of treatment, from the admissions process to clinical decisions and aftercare planning. While patients are undergoing treatment, they are allowed to have confidential meetings with legal representatives and they can be transported back and forth to local court appearances. They can also set aside time for them to go through video court proceedings, if applicable. Other services and features of court liaison programs can include:
- Complete treatment documentation
- Compliance with court-ordered treatment
- Compliance with drug court and veterans treatment court requirements and appearances
- Staff court appearances
- Public defender and private attorney consultation
- Nationwide attorney referrals
- Facilitation of communication between multiple attorneys
- Outpatient drug and alcohol assessment scheduling
- Direct communication with probation officers, law enforcement and caseworkers to maintain compliance
Court Liason Programs Can Take the Weight Off Your Shoulders
Navigating the legal system can be especially challenging when you’re already in the midst of addiction treatment and recovery. Addiction to drugs or alcohol changes brain chemistry, making it nearly impossible to make sound decisions. This impairment in judgment will most likely last throughout the detox and addiction therapy processes since your brain is essentially being cleaned from the inside out.
Additionally, the added stress on memory and potential for anxiety might increase during the early stages of the addiction treatment process, making it that much harder to handle legal affairs alone. As a patient, dealing with upcoming court dates, associated fines and tickets can be confusing, overwhelming and a source for undue stress.
Furthermore, the financial predicaments you might be trapped in at the time of your admission to rehab could be so dire that handling them alone is simply out of the question. Depending on the nature of the addiction, length and severity of the disease and accompanying mental health conditions, it’s not unusual for patients in recovery to be facing divorce, credit card debt, and even homelessness. These pressures can minimize the progression and positive attributes of addiction recovery, increasing the risk of relapse after or even during treatment.
Court liaison services encompass various legal issues clients regularly face. Professional liaisons will meet with patients, their attorneys and, other legal representatives to help them stay on top of their legal issues during treatment. In most cases, court liaison professionals will handle the majority of legal and council needs so clients can focus on recovery.
Comprehensive Services to Make Life Easier
When paired with drug and alcohol addiction treatment, court liaison programs help patients remain accountable, meet their court obligations, and stay clean and sober.
If you or your loved one has legal issues and needs addiction treatment, please call us as soon as possible. Our admissions counselors are available for a confidential chat. We’re ready to answer your questions 24/7, including holidays. Call (561) 582-2030 today.