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Criminal Justice and Drug Abuse

Brief Description

Scientific research since the mid-1970s shows that drug abuse treatment can help many drug abusing offenders change their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors towards drug abuse, avoid relapse, and successfully remove themselves from a life of substance abuse and crime. It is true that legal pressure might be needed to get a person into treatment and help them stay there. Once in a treatment program, however, even those who are not motivated to change at first can eventually become engaged in a continuing treatment process. Learn more

Featured Publications

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Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations - A Research-Based Guide

Published September 2006. Revised April 2014. Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment that can inform drug treatment programs and services in the criminal justice setting.

Medications for Addiction Can Improve Treatment Engagement and Reduce Drug Use and Crime

Treating Offenders with Drug Problems: Integrating Public Health and Public Safety (Topics in Brief)

Revised May 2011. Examines the extent of drug abuse among people within the criminal justice system and the continuum of treatment necessary to decrease future drug abuse as well as criminal behavior.

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Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: What Works with Offenders

Published July 2006. Provides an overview of drug abuse treatment principles derived from research findings in the areas of criminology and drug abuse treatment.

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Past information on many drugs of abuse is available on our Archives site.

This page was last updated April 2014