If you’ve been given the option of Alternative Sentencing, the courts probably see you as someone who is less violent and less of a risk. In fact, you were most likely in court due to situations that have occurred from your alcohol or other drug abuse history. For some, this is the end of the line; it is either Alternative Sentencing or Jail.
In this type of sentencing you are monitored, on probation, and you’ll need to adhere to the plan laid out and approved by the court. Most people like you have not committed numerous crimes, nor committed a serious felony, and do not pose a risk to yourself or your community. Generally speaking there are three types of Alternative Sentencing:
1. Drug Court: Because of Proposition 36, you’re being given drug treatment options, which are considered an effective type of alternative sentencing. It includes a strict program of random drug testing and can be successful for most defendants.
2. Sober Living: Committing yourself to a drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation center on an outpatient or inpatient basis for a period of time deemed appropriate. In some cases, the participant is housed in a private facility geared toward people with the same alcohol and other drug issues. There are house rules, routines, chores, and therapy.
3. Community Service: In many cases, the person is required to attend 12-step meetings and required to work in city organizations or perform clean up duties in and around the city.
Research has found people who are in the Alternative Sentencing program tend to have a co-occurring dual diagnosis, which is someone having both substance abuse issues and mental disorders.
If you have been diagnosed with a co-occurring dual diagnosis, been given the option of Alternative Sentencing, and you aren’t sure where to turn then give Pat Moore Foundation a call for some answers. Please call at us (888) 426-6086 to arrange a private anonymous consultation or fill out our online form.