Criminality is behavior that is contrary to or forbidden by criminal law. People who suffer from substance use disorders are at a higher risk for engaging in illegal behavior and also have higher recidivism rates. These behaviors may result in arrest and other problems within the criminal justice system.
Examples of criminal behavior common to addicts and alcoholics includes driving while intoxicated, writing bad checks to obtain money for drugs, shop lifting, retail fraud, possession or sale of drugs, evictions, and drug- or alcohol-related violence.
Specialty courts are currently the most effective way of helping an addict or alcoholic in the criminal justice system. For more information on specialty courts, click on the name of the court below.