A Qualitative Study Assessing the Effectiveness of the Key Components of a Drug Court
Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Drug courts are guided by 10 key components that help ensure fidelity to the treatment model and guide practitioners in effectively treating substance use disorders in criminal justice settings. This qualitative study assessed the effectiveness of certain key components, such as the quality of substance abuse treatment and the importance of frequent contact with the judge, by interviewing drug court participants (N = 41). Participants felt that the substance abuse counseling they received could have been improved by offering more individual counseling and by developing a trustworthy therapeutic relationship among the drug court team, participants, and substance abuse counselors. Having frequent contact with the judge and the random drug testing system were viewed as effective interventions in assisting participants with being successful in the program, with the ultimate goal of graduating drug court. Implications for drug court practice and future research are discussed.
Gallagher, John R.; Nordberg, Anne; and Kennard, Teneisha, "A Qualitative Study Assessing the Effectiveness of the Key Components of a Drug Court" (2015). School of Social Work. 49.