Health: A Second Chance for Veterans

Many veterans have a difficult time reintegrating into society after coming home from war, so they turn to opioids. Half the veterans prescribed medical opioids continue to use them chronically to control the pain. Treatment courts, or drug courts, have been around for 25 years. Veterans’ treatment courts are newer, but they have high success rates in rehabilitating people. Unlike standard courtrooms, the focus of the drug court is to offer a treatment for addicts as an alternative to sending them to prison. This involves a multidisciplinary team approach, an ongoing schedule of judicial hearings, and a standardized treatment program for nonviolent offenders. This free program has been successful among many veterans who now have jobs, an education, and are drug-free.

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