Pre-Treatment Characteristics of Legally Coerced Drug Treatment Seekers

Bridgett Augustino, University of Maryland /Westat
Dana Brown, Western Kentucky University

This study examines the sociodemographics, drug use, criminal, and treatment histories of 598 residential and outpatient legally coerced drug treatment seekers in the Kentucky Treatment Outcome and Perfornace Pilot Studies Enhancement Project. Analyses examined whether users/addicts entering chemical dependency treatment under legal coercion differed from non-legally coerced treatment seekers. Results showed demographic and behavioral differences were noted between no coercion and legal coercion on several dependent variables: gender, age, educational status, pretreatment criminality and current treatment modality. In addition, differences between the legally coerced and not legally coerced clients varied across geographic regions.

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