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Drug Rehabilitation

Tackling the causes of crime

Addiction to Class-A drugs is a major cause of crime. As a means of combating this courts can issue offenders with a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement - providing fast access to a drug treatment programme with the goal of reducing drug related offending.

Offenders agree their treatment plan with Thames Valley Probation and our partner ttreatment service providers. The plan will set out the level of treatment and testing and what is required at each stage of the order.

Who is this sentence suitable for?

This type of sentence is appropriate for problem drug users aged 18 or over who commit crime to fund their drug habit and show a willingness to co-operate with treatment. A Drug Rehabilitation Requirement requires motivation and determination from the offender, but support is provided by Probation and treatment staff to complete the programme successfully.

What might it involve?

Lasting between six months and three years, the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement aims to:

  • Help offenders produce a personal action plan so that they can identify what they must do to reduce offending and stop their use of drugs
  • Explain the links between drug use and offending and how drugs affect health
  • Help offenders identify realistic ways of changing their lives for the better.

Treatment is carried out at a specified place, either as an in-patient or out-patient and includes regular drug testing and court reviews.

Offenders may also receive clinical treatment; a day care programme; health education; activities to improve social skills, education and career prospects and participation on an offending behaviour programme.

A Community Order with a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement can be reviewed by the court. Failure to stick to the treatment plan will mean a return to court for breach of the order. This could result in re-sentencing which might mean prison.

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