SERIES: Family Drug Courts and How They Help

What happens when a family is torn apart by alcohol and drug abuse? Is there any way to recover and bring parents and children together again?

Family dependency treatment court is also commonly referred to as family drug courts. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) states that these types of courts address select abuse, neglect, and dependency cases where parental substance abuse is a primary factor.

What Are Family Drug Courts?

Using the drug court model as an established system that works, family drug courts have a mission to keep families together in a safe environment.

For instance, the court will address the child’s best needs through the appropriate individuals, such as involving child protection services, attorneys, and service and treatment personnel. They also provide parents the necessary support and services to be drug and alcohol-free.

How Do Family Drug Courts Help Keep Families Together?

Family drug court plays a big part in the cases where parents need to reclaim their lives and maintain long-term recovery from substance abuse.

At times, the court judge may require a portable alcohol monitoring device for those who need to prove their recovery. In these cases, Smart Start’s S.M.A.R.T. Mobile is an easy-to-use, portable and affordable device that the judge may issue to the individual.

Specialty courts have been in effect for the past 20 years. They prove from the past two decades to change peoples’ lives for the better. Smart Start is honored to share the courts’ goals and change lifestyles with the proper tools and treatment.

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