As more doctors hand out prescriptions to treat common conditions, many individuals are becoming dependent on drugs, such as painkillers. Drug courts provide addicts with the opportunity to get clean, and Racine County in Wisconsin is one example of a community that has seen success with its program.
Steve Kadolph, a local resident, found himself dependent on painkillers after receiving them for headaches. He was arrested on drug-related charges to feed his addiction, and eventually opted for drug court to stay out of jail, according to the Journal-Times. Since completing the program, Kadolph has turned his life around and started making healthier choices.
“[The drug rehab program is] intense,” Kadolph told the news source. “It seems to be more intense if you don’t comply. I wasn’t ready at first. They keep a pretty close eye on you, which is awesome.”
Similar to other drug courts, the program in Racine County requires frequent testing for illicit substances and self-help meetings. The goal is to make former addicts productive members of society when they complete drug court.
In 2008, more than 15 million Americans aged 12 or older abused prescription drugs at least once during the year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Rehabilitation programs can help addicts sober up over time.