For those struggling with substance use disorders, arrests and altercations with law enforcement are not uncommon. Getting the necessary drug/alcohol education and treatment can be life-changing. Some individuals find themselves going through this process as part of a court-ordered education program as a condition of probation or parole.

Simply put, one can avoid a parole violation by complying with court ordered parole conditions. If one of the conditions is attending an educational program, then showing up, participating, and completing the program will ensure violation prevention.

Even if a violation has occurred, if you enter an educational program prior to the hearing, a judge may see it as a mitigating factor and the violation could be dismissed.

Outside of parole requirements, a substance abuse education program can help you or the ones you love stay on the path of recovery.

Parole vs. Probation

If you are seeking an education program to comply with a court order, it is important to know if you are dealing with a probationary period or a parole.

Parole refers to individuals who have been released after serving a portion of their sentence. Alternatively, rather than a sentence, a judge may impose a period of probation on a convicted offender.

Both have conditions and violations to these conditions can bring harsh consequences, including reincarceration to serve the remainder of the sentence. Often, treatment for substance use disorders is one of those conditions.

Parolees and probationers alike have more access to drugs and alcohol than the incarcerated population. They have a higher number of opportunities to relapse. Therefore, substance abuse treatment for parolees and probationers differs from treatment for those who are incarcerated.

What’s the Difference Between Education Programs and Treatment Programs?

Alcohol education and treatment programs have a lot in common. In fact, they are often paired together in programs that accomplish both tasks: treating the substance use disorder and educating the individual on strategies to function without dependence on alcohol or drugs.

However, many people are first-time offenders, or they do not meet the qualifications to be diagnosed with addiction. These are the individuals who benefit from an education-centered approach.

Highly trained and credentialed counselors make sure that people who would not choose to be in the program on their own still feel supported and understand that this experience can be incredibly helpful and important to them.

What Educational Programs Should Include

It is important for educational programs to offer educational materials that describe how alcohol and drugs are processed by the body and the negative effect it has. Also, it is necessary to involve speakers who can talk about the health risks associated with consumption of alcohol and drugs. Speakers who might have been impacted by drunk drivers in their own family or impacted themselves by drunk drivers can also shed some light for parolees and demonstrate the seriousness of similar behavior.

Individuals on parole or probation should ask their caseworker, attorney, or judge to make sure the courses fulfill state requirements. For the most part, these educational services are offered by private companies, and they must be certified by the State of Maryland. An attorney who is familiar with the area can help direct their clients to the facilities that would be best for their particular set of circumstances.

When the probationer successfully completes his/her classes and stays on a positive path, the original charge may even be dismissed. The benefit to the individual is a clean record and the freedom to get on with their life. The benefit of a life free from drug/alcohol addiction is all the more life-affirming.

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