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Treatment of Criminal Behavior: Substance Abuse Counseling

Substance use disorders refer to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances including alcohol and drugs. Treatment interventions address the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to substance use disorders. The association between substance use and crime is well established in the empirical literature. Substance users can become involved in the criminal justice system through (a) possession of an illicit substance, (b) sale or illegal distribution of a substance, or (c) engaging in other illegal activity, such as theft, to support continued drug use.

Substance use disorders are chronic and relapsing and are prevalent within the criminal justice system. The need for coordination between the criminal justice system and substance use treatment is critical for reducing recidivism and increasing quality of life outcomes. This ...

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