Providing community based support in early recovery is far more cost effective than incarceration, and better for all.
Drug & Sobriety Courts
We know that there is a strong correlation between criminal justice system involvement and substance abuse. In a 2017 report, the U.S. Department of Justice noted that 58% of individuals in state prisons, and 63% of individuals sentenced in jails, met the criteria for drug dependence or abuse. [SOURCE] For comparison, in that same year, only 7.2% of the general population met the criteria for substance use disorders. [SOURCE; page34]
Providing community based support in early recovery is far more cost effective than incarceration, and better for all. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft.” [SOURCE]
CARE’s trained peer recovery coaches are ready to help individuals find their pathway to recovery—and stay on it.
What Do Peer Recovery Support Services Look Like?
Through our Recovery United team, we connect individuals and organizations with whole communities of people in recovery. CARE currently works with drug and sobriety courts in Macomb County’s 37th, 39th, and 40th District Courts, as well as Macomb County’s Circuit Court. There, our Peer Recovery Coaches partner with a comprehensive team comprised of judges, prosecutors, administrators and case managers, probation officers, and so on.
Each person served is matched with a certified peer recovery coach. These coaches have at least three years in recovery. They also undergo extensive training in motivational interviewing and substance abuse assessment techniques, relapse prevention, and mental health management. Our goal is both successful recovery and successful re-integration into the community. Coaches aren’t just intimately familiar with the resources and treatment services available to those struggling with substance abuse, but also connect individuals to job search and career planning programs.
Peer recovery coaches typically work with an individual for six months to two years. We are accustomed to helping people at every point in their recovery (including “high risk” users), no matter their drug of choice or usage habit. We have demonstrated a high degree of success engaging individuals in our services. This is largely due to our peer recovery coaches, who draw on their own lived experience, and appreciate how demanding recovery can be.