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California's Drug Courts

Were you recently arrested for possession or another drug offense in Orange County? If so, we want to tell you about California’s Drug Courts and how they may be of interest to you. Before we begin, we want to discuss drug abuse and addiction because they are often connected to drug charges.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” Why do people start taking drugs in the first place?

  • So they can feel good. For example, cocaine boosts energy and self-confidence. In contrast, heroin makes people feel relaxed and satisfied.
  • So they can feel better than they do. Some people who have social anxiety, depression, or another stress-related disorder, they may take drugs to get over these unwanted feelings of distress.
  • So they can improve their cognitive or athletic performance.
  • Because they’re simply curious or because others are doing it so they want to see what it’s like.

When people first start taking drugs, they believe they are in control, but before they know it, the drugs take over their life. Over time, it takes more of the drug to feel the pleasurable effects. “The initial decision to take drugs is typically voluntary. However, with continued use, a person’s ability to exert self-control can become seriously impaired,” says the NIDA.

Now that we’ve learned a little about drug abuse and addiction, let’s take a look at California’s Drug Courts, which were specifically created to provide “an alternative to traditional criminal justice prosecution for non violent drug-related offenses,” according to the California Courts.

Drug Courts Recognize Drug Addiction

The state and federal governments are well-aware of the fact that both alcohol and drug abuse are connected to criminal behavior. In an effort to address the root cause of the problem, the California Courts have established Drug Courts to refer certain drug offenders to substance abuse treatment. The courts feel this is a more effective approach for addressing drug addiction and recidivism.

“Adult drug courts provide access to treatment for substance-abusing offenders in criminal, dependency, and family courts while minimizing the use of incarceration,” says the California Courts.

To learn more about California’s Drug Courts for non-violent offenders, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. today!