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If you are facing criminal charges or a probation violation resulting from addiction, Attorney Sigler would be happy to discuss Drug Treatment Court options with you (including dismissal options); refer you into the program; and advocate for your acceptance. Your charges do NOT have to be drug-related to be referred into Drug Treatment Court.

Please read the information below and contact Sigler Law if Drug Treatment Court sounds right for you. 

WINSTON SALEM'S ADULT DRUG TREATMENT COURT

WHAT IS DRUG TREATMENT COURT?

 

Drug Treatment Court is an intense form of supervised probation designed to help addicted defendants recover. Think of it as probation with a purpose. Instead of placing an addicted defendant on regular probation and leaving their recovery largely up to them, DRTC participants have regular, personalized therapy sessions at local providers; meet regularly with the DRTC probation officer for drug screens; utilize medication assisted treatment (MAT) if prescribed; and attend court twice per month to assess compliance and non-compliance. Participants have all non-restitution fees held in abeyance while they are in the program. Successful participants will have their court and supervision fees waived upon graduation. 

Eligibility: Applicants for Drug Treatment Court must: (1) reside in Forsyth County; (2) be at least 18 years old; and (3) be eligible for (or already on) probation. To apply, have your defense attorney or probation officer fill out the Referral Form and email it to Court Coordinator Phillip Weiner at Phillip.E.Weiner@nccourts.org.

Treatment: Participants are assessed by Full Life Counseling and assigned to treatment that is right for them based on numerous factors such as insurance, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) eligibility, and severity of addiction.

Program Structure: Drug Treatment Court is a minimum 13-month program consisting of 5 phases. Participants attend treatment, meet with the Drug Treatment Court probation officer, take regular drug screens, and come to court twice per month to check on their progress. 

Supervision during early phases consists of curfews, electronic monitoring, and regular drug testing. As participants advance through the phases, curfews are extended, electronic monitors removed, and testing frequency reduced. 

Incentives & Sanctions: Participants doing well in their respective phases of the program receive verbal praise, extended curfews, removal of electronic monitors, and prizes (gift cards, etc). Non-compliant participants receive verbal warnings, writing assignments, shorter curfews, and in some cases quick dips.

Removal from DRTC: Participants can be removed from the program for various, individually-assessed reasons such as falsifying drug screens, non-compliance with treatment, and new criminal charges. 

Does It Work? Yes. Graduates of DRTC currently boast a 0% recidivism rate and all are housed, gainfully employed, and in full recovery.