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How drug courts impact methamphetamine addiction

If you or someone you love ever had a methamphetamine addiction, then you may have first-hand knowledge about just how debilitating and damaging such an addiction can be. The highly addictive drug leads many people to do things they may never consider had they not had such an addiction, but the drug addiction is also tremendously hard for many users to beat on their own.

Drug courts, or programs offered to some drug offenders as alternatives to prison sentences, have many positive effects on drug users and their communities. In addition to saving considerable money, helping reduce crime and helping keep families of drug users together, they also have proven, positive effects on methamphetamine addiction. For example, drug courts:

Dramatically reduce usage when compared with outpatient treatment

Many meth users find it nearly impossible to kick their meth addictions on their own, and many also have trouble doing so despite receiving treatment in an outpatient setting. If you are among those having a hard time beating your addiction despite taking part in outpatient treatment, you may have more success in drug court. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals reports that drug courts are more than 50 percent more effective at reducing meth use than outpatient programs alone.

Enhance your chance of completing treatment considerably

You are also far more likely to graduate from a drug court program as a meth addict than you are a different type of treatment program. In fact, the odds of you graduating from a drug court treatment program as opposed to an alternative one increase by almost 80 percent.

Can help you kick your addiction for an extended period

Drug courts also have positive effects on those looking to stop using meth for an extended period. If you are a meth addict and you effectively go through drug court, you are likely to stop using the drug for four times as long as those who undergo treatment in eight other types of programs.

Drug courts are not yet available in all areas, but if you are struggling with a meth addiction and facing drug-related criminal charges, you may want to find out if it is an option that could help you reclaim control over your life.  

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