These programs are divided into two categories:
1. Chemical Abusers – these are people who are not dependent on alcohol or drugs, and use simply for the euphoric effect. Programs for these individuals are designed around appropriate decision making, holistic living, stress reduction, social planning, and perhaps mental health stressors.
2. Chemical Dependent – these are people who are psychologically, sociologically, or physiologically dependent on chemicals to function. There is often a family history of alcoholism or drug dependency and the individual’s chemical use often results in loss of control, increased tolerance and frequent or pronounced episodes of consumption.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment For Addiction
The program consists of 72 hours of treatment that must be completed within a 12 week period. Classes are held on three separate days of the week averaging three hours in length, until 72 hours of positive treatment process is complete.
Deferred Prosecution Programs
Deferred Prosecution Programs are authorized for misdemeanor charges pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington 10.05. This statute allows any misdemeanor charge to be deferred for alcohol, drug, or mental health reasons that have contributed to the misdemeanor offense, provided the individual begins and completes the recommended treatment program.
Benefits of Deferred Prosecution
A few of the benefits of Deferred Prosecution Programs are:
- The individual gets treatment.
- The individual’s record does not reflect a conviction.
- The individual usually does not serve jail time, provided they complete the program.
- In the case of DUI, the individual does not lose their driver’s license.
- The individual’s insurance is often not raised individual does not lose their driver’s license.
- The individual’s insurance is often not raised.