Legally mandated rehab for drug or alcohol use often occurs as part of a determination made by a judge. It may be used to ensure early release of someone in the courts system or as a way to obtain probation or parole. The concern of many is that those who attend rehab because they are forced to will be missing the personal desire to attend and will therefore not feel motivated to succeed. However, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the opposite is true. In fact, those who attend legally mandated rehab often perform better and have better outcomes than those who attend for personal reasons.

Effect of Rehabilitation Recovery

One major reason for this is that these individuals often attend rehab longer than those attending for personal reasons do. While the length of treatment time may be mandated by the court, the individual attending often begins to find relief from his or her cravings and will begin to rediscover life without drug or alcohol use. In addition, the higher rates of attendance by these individuals are highly beneficial in their success rates. Treatment gives those who did not at first desire to change their habits a renewed zest for living and a desire to live addiction-free.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]A 2004 study showed that over a quarter of prisoners in both federal and state prisons committed crimes while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Most of the time, these individuals were required to attend rehab while in prison. Upon release, those who attended rehab have lower re-arrest rates and higher percentages of employment than those who did not attend rehab have. In addition, these individuals are likely to remain abstinent from drugs or alcohol for the rest of their lives.[/su_note]

First Step Recovery Center can offer drug and alcohol rehab for those who are addicted. Rehab can change people’s lives by offering them motivation for change and a glimpse of what their lives could be like without the use of dangerous drugs and alcohol. First Step offers both outpatient and inpatient options with an emphasis on outpatient treatment. Outpatient rehab allows individuals to maintain other areas of their lives, such as their jobs and their relationships, while continuing to attend individual and group therapy throughout the week. In addition, those who require medication for withdrawal or to curb their cravings can have it prescribed by Dr. Matney.