Methamphetamine is an insidious drug that leads to a particularly dangerous form of addiction. Those dependent on methamphetamine may struggle to cope during withdrawal. They may also never achieve the same high that they experience the first time they try the drug.
Unfortunately, state laws banning methamphetamine have done very little to stop its production or use. There are many people struggling with addiction to this dangerous substance. Those dealing with meth addiction and criminal charges related to that addiction might qualify for drug court.
The goal of the Alabama drug courts is rehabilitation
In recent years, the criminal justice system has endured a period of reckoning. There is now plenty of evidence supporting allegations that the current criminal justice system only worsens addiction and mental health issues, leading to recidivism and a cycle of incarceration.
Drug courts serve as a form of pretrial diversion. Rather than facing a criminal trial, someone dealing with addiction can go through court-ordered treatment while under the direct supervision of a judge. They will also need to perform community service and go through therapy and educational programs meant to address the underlying issues that led to their criminal charges. In this way, the drug court program can be an alternative to jail time, in some cases.
Successful completion of drug court could help you avoid a conviction and a criminal record. It may also help you address the underlying addiction that led to your arrest. Knowing the options available to those facing drug charges can help you limit the lasting impact of an arrest on your future.