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Drug court might help you get back on the right path

Many people who are addicted to drugs face a challenging road when they want to stop using them. Making the changes that are necessary to get off the drugs can be especially difficult when you don't have a good accountability and rehabilitation program.

One solution that Pennsylvania has some up with to help people addicted to drugs is the drug court program. This program works to help get people with a substance abuse problem the help they need to treat the addiction and stop the vicious addiction-criminal action cycle that seems to occur all too often.

The drug courts in this state are headed by the judge who presides over the program. A full support staff, which includes probation officers, defense attorneys, prosecutors and other individuals, works to make the program a success.

It is important to note that not all people who are facing a drug charge will qualify for drug court. The program isn't meant for people who have violent charges.

The program is a highly structured program that combines the accountability that can help with the rehabilitation process. Since the court provides the supervision, there are very specific penalties for not complying with the program.

If you are facing drug charges, you might be interested in finding out if your case qualifies for drug court. Before you make a decision about this, consider the pros and cons of the program and make a determination based on your circumstances. It is a good idea to consider other options to make sure that you are doing what you think is best for you.

Source: The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, "Drug Courts," accessed Dec. 27, 2017

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