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Can I go to treatment instead of jail?

Can I go to drug rehab instead of jail?

Due to the overcrowding in jails and the increasing realization that jail does not help rehabilitate drug addicts, those in legal trouble can be given the option of attending a drug rehab program rather than serving prison time. Drug rehab is more constructive for alcohol or drug related problems because they can attend therapy sessions, have individual time with addiction specialists, and learn how to live a more satisfying life.

It has been shown that prison time is ineffective in improving one’s lifestyle or adjusting one’s attitude around their addiction. Therefore, drug rehab is the better option to introduce recovery in order to lessen their chances of returning to jail.

If one’s drinking and drug use has landed them in front of a judge or in the courtroom, one’s lawyer should ask if they could go to rehab instead of jail. Depending on the court system, drug rehab may be a consideration, but specific rules and regulations will be applied when choosing a drug rehab program to attend. When choosing a program, the judge will take into consideration the length of time and intensity of the program. Throughout the rehab process, the judge or legal system will check in on the accused person several times to demonstrate the character and life changes that have been made.

According to the Drug Rehab Center Hotline, jail can in fact lead some deeper into their disease. Since jail removes people from a normal, functioning community, when they eventually do re-enter society, they struggle adjusting, which leads them back to drug and alcohol use. This aspect most likely was a major factor in them using in the first place. If sent to a drug rehab instead of jail, he or she can focus on how to become a functioning member of society and take back control of their lives.

About half of all violent crimes are related to drug and alcohol use. Since these substances present such an inherent part in crimes, many governments are directing criminals to drug rehab centers to rehabilitate them rather than taking up jail space. Guidelines on drug rehab facilities for these criminals differentiate depending on the state’s legal system; for example, the length of stay and necessary requirements to be completed for release. All in all, sending a criminal to a drug rehab facility instead of prison may be beneficial for themselves as well as society.

Texas and California have shown that rehabilitation has shown better results for non-violent crime offenders than serving jail time. Texas began imprisoning youth offenders with non-violent crimes for longer period of time, hoping this would decrease their rising amount of youth offenders. California took a different approach by putting their non-violent youth offenders in a rehabilitation center. According to the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, the results for Texas showed that their stricter incarceration policy was unwarranted and that non-incarcerate alternatives should be considered.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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