Decrease in Treatment a Serious Concern under Proposition 47, Cautions Chapters Capistrano

February 02 06:20 2015
Without the fear of more serious legal repercussions, there is a growing concern that fewer people will seek life-saving addiction treatment, says Chapters Capistrano.

For years drug courts have been an effective way of placing people struggling with substance misuse into drug and alcohol rehab. Many of these people may not have sought help otherwise but receive treatment to turn their lives around. With the passing of Proposition 47, which classifies drug-related offenses and non-violent crimes as misdemeanors instead of felonies, there is fear that fewer people will get the help they need. Orange County drug and alcohol rehab center Chapters Capistrano has responded to this change with a new statement to the press.

“Regardless of the legal classification, substance misuse and addiction are serious problems,” asserts Mike Shea, founder of Chapters Capistrano. “While Orange County has allotted more funding to support treatment and provide space in rehab, without the push to attend, some people may put it off until it’s too late. Now that they know they will not face a felony charge, it reduces the incentive to get professional help.”

The Superior Court’s Coordinator of Collaborative Courts, Paul Shapiro, told the Orange County Register that “drug court averaged about 50 evaluations each month for the first 10 months of 2014. But after Prop. 47, just 25 people were evaluated in November. In December, it dropped to 15.” In just a the first two months there has already been a noticeable drop, though no one can say for sure how these numbers will change in the future.

Says Shea, “Proposition 47 is new and we are still adjusting to what it means in terms of drug treatment. It is essential to continue promoting the benefits of rehab and urging people to be proactive before their situation turns potentially fatal. Putting off treatment does not address the underlying issue of the drug problems that got someone into legal trouble to begin with.”

Superior Court Judge Matthew Anderson spoke of the positive results achieved by drug court telling the Orange County Register, “Of the 1,911 people who’ve graduated since it began in Orange County in 1995, 28.8 percent were arrested again – far lower than the 74.4 percent recidivism rate cited for those who didn’t complete drug court.”

While only being charged with a misdemeanor rather than a felony does make it easier for people to get back on their feet, they are still faced with the challenges of their addiction, notes Shea. “By seeking comprehensive and customized care like that offered at Chapters Capistrano, people can not only rebuild their lives, but they can do so without the impact of drugs or alcohol,” says Shea. “We need to work together to support those struggling with addiction get into rehab and see that they do have options and there is hope for their future.”


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in city of San Clemente in Orange County, Southern California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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