Criminal Justice Clients
Criminal justice clients in Opelousas sometimes need substance abuse treatment. Providing effective treatment to addicted criminal justice clients presents special challenges because of the complexity and severity of the biopsychosocial problems which frequently accompany their addiction. Typically, addicted Opelousas criminal justice clients are from urban areas and almost all are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Most evidenced behavioral problems in school, became involved with the juvenile justice system during adolescence, and experienced early use of mood-altering substances. Many were placed in foster care facilities and dropped out of school before attaining a high school diploma. They have little or no job experience, and few marketable job skills. Their relationships with women tend to be markedly impaired and many have several children but no involvement in parenting. Their children are growing up fatherless, repeating the pattern of their own lives.
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