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How to Choose a Court-Ordered Rehab Program

In some instances, a person who is arrested for a crime they committed while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be eligible for court-ordered rehab. When a judge rules with this type of sentence, the person charged with the crime is required to enroll in a mandatory drug and alcohol rehab program.

Qualities of an Effective Court-Ordered Rehab Program

If you’re searching for a court-ordered rehab program for yourself or a loved one, you’re probably wondering what type of program you should be looking for. This will largely depend on your sentence from the court, as varying sentences may require different forms of addiction treatment based on the crime that was committed. Mandatory requirements could include individual or group counseling, outpatient program participation, or enrolling in a long-term inpatient program.

The courts understand that relapse is frequently a part of the recovery process, so more often than not, the judge will want the client to enroll in the most effective form of drug rehab possible. Here are four important factors that courts and attorneys may look for to determine the efficacy of a drug and alcohol rehab program.

  1. Long-term rehab – Courts typically look favorably upon long-term addiction treatment lasting 90 days or longer because this reduces the likelihood of relapse, provides ample time for clients to adopt new behaviors and attitudes, and gives them more time to establish a support network. This is backed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which states that generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness. Conversely, treatment lasting significantly longer than that is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes.1
  2. Multiple types of treatment approaches – Drug and alcohol rehab programs that offer a wide variety of treatment options are ideal for clients seeking court-ordered rehab. People experience addiction differently and the same form of treatment won’t work for everyone. Therefore, individualized treatment is most effective. For example, creative arts therapy or pet therapy may be very helpful for some clients, while others may benefit more from experiential therapy like psychodrama. An ideal rehab center for court-ordered clients will offer a variety of specialized therapies to meet the different treatment needs of all types of clients.
  3. Structure – Most individuals who receive a court-ordered rehab sentence will need some form of structured treatment. Inpatient rehab centers that provide a high level of structure often do so in the form of daily 12-step group meetings, regular therapy sessions (individual and group), safe, drug and alcohol-free campuses, and family programming. Highly structured drug rehab programs like these are more likely to provide the type of care the courts want for clients who have been convicted of drug-related offenses.
  4. Frequent progress evaluations – Attorneys, probation/parole officers, bail bondsman, and judges may all require frequent updates on a client’s progress in rehab. A high-quality rehab center will require frequent progress evaluations for each client and provide the necessary documentation the court needs to ensure the client is progressing in his or her recovery program.

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Call (512) 605-2955 today to learn about our outpatient and inpatient options.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab Programs

Depending on the court-ordered rehab sentence, you or your loved one may be required to enroll in an inpatient rehab program or an outpatient rehab program. But what is the difference between the two?

Inpatient Drug Rehab

  • Clients live on-site at the rehab center for the duration of their treatment
  • Treatment consists of a structured daily schedule of individual/group sessions
  • Clients have limited access to the outside world
  • Treatment may last 30 to 90+ days

Outpatient Drug Rehab

  • Clients live off-site
  • Treatment consists of a series of group sessions hosted at a safe, clinical location
  • Clients have the flexibility to attend work, school and fulfill family obligations while enrolled in treatment
  • Treatment may last 2 to 6 months (or longer)

Paying for Court-Ordered Rehab

The client is almost always required to pay for court-ordered rehab.2 The courts will not pay for a person to go to drug rehab, even if the person’s sentence requires it. If you’re facing a court-ordered rehab, remember that your sentence is a result of a crime you committed and that addiction treatment will be an investment in your future, which will hopefully be a drug-free and crime-free one.

The cost of drug and alcohol rehab will vary, but there are many ways clients can pay for treatment. If you have medical insurance, you may be able to use it to lower your out-of-pocket costs. You may also choose to take out loans from a private lender and finance the total cost of your drug rehab. If you are financially able, you may also choose to pay for treatment in full out-of-pocket, or a loved one may be willing to provide you with a loan or the gift of paying for your addiction treatment.

There are also free drug and alcohol rehab programs, but these types of programs may not have the necessary funding and capability to provide the type of care that you or your loved one needs to achieve lasting results.

Looking for a court-ordered rehab?
Nova Recovery Center can help!
Call (512) 605-2955 today to learn about our outpatient and inpatient options.

Court-Ordered Rehab at Nova Recovery Center

Our admissions team at Nova Recovery Center will provide families and attorneys with all the information they need to make an informed decision regarding a court-ordered rehab sentence. We provide a full 15-month continuum of care that carries clients from detox and inpatient rehab, all the way through outpatient rehab, sober living, and aftercare. This allows for more than a full year of continuous treatment, reducing the client’s likelihood of relapse and giving them the best opportunity for sustained long-term sobriety.

If you or a loved one is searching for a drug and alcohol rehab program to fulfill a court-ordered rehab sentence, call Nova Recovery Center today. A member of our admissions team will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding our rehab programs for men and women.



  1. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/how-long-does-drug-addiction-treatment
  2. https://www.choosehelp.com/topics/drug-rehab/court-ordered-drug-rehab
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