Alcohol and Drug Treatment

An offender taking a drug test

Dependency on and misuse of drugs and alcohol is a major cause of offending.  We work in partnership with other agencies to deliver the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement and Alcohol Treatment Requirement.

Drug Rehabilitation Requirement

Tackling the causes of crime

Addiction to Class-A drugs is a major cause of crime.  As a means of combating this courts can sentence offenders to a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement.  This provides access to a treatment programme with the goal of getting offenders off drugs and reducing drug related offending.

Who is this sentence suitable for?

This type of sentence is appropriate for problem drug users aged over 16 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?

Treatment is carried out at a specified place and includes regular drug testing and court reviews. 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

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.

Alcohol Treatment Requirement

Offenders who have a drink dependency which causes them to commit crime can be ordered by the court to undertake Alcohol Treatment.  This is delivered by partnership agencies on behalf of the Trust.

The alcohol treatment requirement provides access to a tailored treatment programme with the aim of reducing drink dependency. The requirement can last between six months and three years.

Before issuing an Alcohol Treatment Requirement, the court must be satisfied that:

  • The offender is dependent on alcohol and may benefit from treatment
  • The offender is willing to comply with the requirement and work at reducing their addiction.

Failure to stick to the treatment plan may mean they have to return to court. This could result in a further sentence, and may mean they will be sent to prison.