Adult Drug Treatment Court

To help ensure offenders who are addicted to drugs and / or alcohol receive treatment to become healthy, law abiding community members.


Drug Treatment Court (DTC) uses a team of court and community professionals to help ensure that offenders who are addicted to drugs and / or alcohol receive the intensive treatment they need to become healthy, law abiding, and productive family and community members. Adult DTC works with non-violent, repeat offenders who are facing jail / prison time.

The goals of the adult DTC program are:

  1. To reduce alcoholism and other drug dependencies among offenders;
  2. To reduce recidivism;
  3. To reduce the drug-related court workload;
  4. To increase the personal, familial, and societal accountability of offenders; and
  5. To promote effective interaction and use of resources among criminal justice personnel.


To be eligible to participate in the adult drug treatment court component of any local program, an individual must:

  1. Be either:
    • Diagnosed as chemically dependent under the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory III, or
    • Diagnosed as borderline chemically dependent under the Inventory and present documented collateral indicia of chemical dependency;
  2. Be assessed for legal eligibility (usually H and I felonies on the Structured Sentencing Grid);
  3. Be eligible for an intermediate punishment for all pending offenses; and
  4. Meet all other reasonable eligibility requirements established by the local program.

Existing Courts

In North Carolina, Adult Drug Treatment Courts are operational in the following counties: