For the past 80+ years, the United States of America has had a policy of incarceration for substance use disorders. Recently, many nationally known organizations have tried to change the country’s thoughts and attitudes towards substance abuse to help us see that we are spending billions of dollars per year trying to incarcerate our way out of a public health epidemic. With the 2016 landmark report “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health,” the Federal Government acknowledged publicly for the first time that Addiction was a diagnosable, treatable condition of the brain and that treatment resources need to be brought to bear against the epidemic we are facing.
Following my own recovery in 2006 I spent the next 7 years working in the criminal justice system. I started as a case manager for those on probation and ultimately grew to become the lead Probation Officer of the drug court for the 2nd Judicial District in State of Colorado. In my time working in the justice system I was able to help thousands of people to avoid incarceration and receive treatment. It was my mission each day to find ways to help those afflicted to receive the proper treatment that would help them to desist from criminal behavior and to remain out of the justice system.
Having learned how the system functions and how to communicate with the court system, in 2013 I began working in private treatment settings. I spent countless hours helping participants and families to understand the system as well as working with attorneys to attain the best outcome for each person.
Realizing how difficult the justice system can be to navigate, when we opened The Redpoint Center in 2018, we endeavored to leverage our expertise and treatment options to help those who find themselves involved in the system. Weekly we attend court hearings, staff cases with attorneys, send letters and talk to judges and court officials and work with families to present the best possible options for each participant.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder and is involved in the legal system, we are here to help navigate this process. We cannot provide formal legal advice, but we will work with your team and go above and beyond to help you get the treatment you need and remain outside the justice system.
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