Drug Treatment Court Participant Information
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The Marion County Drug Treatment Court is an abstinence based program

Abstinence is defined as refraining from the use of any substance which alters mood.

Mood altering substances are defined as any substance, legal or illegal, which may be taken with the intended or unintended outcome of altering your mood. Controlled substances are defined as those substances managed under the Controlled Substances Act (Schedule 1 through Schedule 5). Not all mood altering substances may be considered controlled substances, though all controlled substances are considered mood altering.

 

Alcohol is considered a mood altering substance in any amount. This means no use of any alcohol, narcotics, opioids, benzodiazepines and/or any illicit drugs (i.e. marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy, crack, hallucinogens, etc).

 

It is also strongly recommended that you do not use the following medications as they may interfere with your drug screen and/ or your recovery:  Use of any over the counter (OTC) medications which contain ephedrine (i.e. weight loss medication pseudoephedrine, Sudafed), alcohol (i.e. cough syrup) benadryl compounds/ diphenhydramine (i.e. Unisom, Benadryl, Tylenol PM). (Always make sure you read the labels of any medication or supplement you use).

 

Although not a medication poppy seed ingestion of any kind is prohibited. 

 

The use of any mood altering or controlled substances is considered detrimental or potentially detrimental to your recovery. Certainly, if you are diagnosed with any mental health disease (i.e. depression) you will need to be followed under the supervision of your Primary Care Physician or a psychiatrist.   

 

Treatment of Pain

Pain is a significant issue for anyone. Pain in a person with an abuse or a dependency diagnosis requires special considerations. If you are experiencing significant and acute pain, you may need pain relief. Ideally narcotic pain medications should only be prescribed by your Primary Care Physician and must follow the prescription drug policy. If you find yourself in a medical emergency and present to the emergency room make sure that you are familiar with the prescription drug policy so that you will have adequate written information from the examining doctor.  The prescription policy is in place to ensure that the medication that you are prescribed is as safe as it can be for your recovery.

 

It is essential that you inform court staff immediately of any potential situations where you may be prescribed a mood altering substance (i.e. dental surgery, etc.) and of any emergency situations where you may be prescribed a mood altering substance (i.e. accident, injury). 

 

If you have a medical condition that necessitates the continued use of narcotic pain medication you will not be considered medically capable of participating in the program.   

 

An initial and continuing requirement of your participation is to inform the treatment staffing team of all your prescribed medications as well as all over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements that you take. Some over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbs may affect the results of your drug screens, as will some food and beverage supplements.

 

As a participant in this program, you are agreeing not to use alcohol and illegal drugs during your time in the program. 

 

If your doctor gives you a prescription for a narcotic drug, you must…

 

(1)  Tell the doctor you are in a drug rehabilitation program;

 

(2)  If the doctor feels it is medically necessary to prescribe you a narcotic drug, you will need to have the doctor write the team a letter.  The letter should state that he/she is aware you are in an abstinence based program and are in recovery from an addictive substance but that it is still necessary for you to have the drug.

 

(3)  Show your case manager the receipt and any other information about the drug that you receive from the pharmacist, and

 

(4)  Sign a release for the court staff to communicate with your doctor about the prescription.  You will need to give your case manager your physician’s name and telephone number.  Be advised that your doctor will be notified to verify the authenticity of the document that you submit.

 

If you test positive for drugs and claim it is because you took a prescription drug…

·        The court team will not accept your excuse unless: 

a.       a doctor prescribed the drug to you,

b.      You told the doctor you were in a drug rehabilitation program, and

c.       You discussed the medication with your case manager as shown above.