If addiction is a disease then why is relapse treated like a crime?
In this edition of “The Sky Is the Limit” our guest speaker was the esteemed Judge Maritza Martinez of the Circuit Court of Cook County, joined by a panel of honored guests (listed below), this group explores the vital topic of “What Should Those of Us Struggling with Addiction and Mental Health Issues REALLY Expect When We Find Ourselves in the Cross Hairs of The Law and Other Authority Figures?”
Chelsea A. Laliberte, Executive Director, Live4lali, and other board members
Greg Klapman, formerly attorney with Berger Schatz, family law
Grace Newton, Employment Discrimination Attorney
Shale Marks, Psychotherapist, SunCloud Health
David Newton, Director of Operations, SunCloud Health
Additional topics covered: How do Illinois courts (divorce, criminal and civil) REALLY treat those of us who struggle with addiction and mental illness when we find ourselves at their mercy? Should we expect to be punished for being sick as many of us believe or should we expect to be surprised with compassion and support?
The goal of this discussion is to educate and inform, and empower our patients and their families with the truth as opposed the myths out there which are primarily based on fear, stigma and old ways. We believe most will be pleasantly surprised as we learn how much compassion and support there can be when in this situation, and how the law may actually be on our side in many cases!
More on Chelsea A. Laliberte, MSSA, Co-Founder, Executive Director and Board Member of live4lali.org.
Live4lali.org is an organization dedicated to substance use prevention, Tania Cantu S.T.O.P. supervisor and officer and a panel of legal experts on the topic of what really matters (and doesn’t matter) in domestic relations court, criminal court and employment issues for patients and their families when dealing with an addiction or mental health issue. Many people don’t understand or believe how compassionate judges and other professionals can be in this area of the law. Thus, many stay in abusive or unhealthy relationships (or jobs) out of fear of being punished for having a disease- which we know isn’t compatible with recovery and most times is simply not necessary!
More on Tania Cantu is currently the supervisor and officer of the TREATMENT OPIOID PROGRAM (S.T.O.P), their primary focus:
- Getting the client through treatment and aftercare for their addiction
- Emphasize the importance of a recovery community and encourage client to build a strong solid one to maintain sobriety
- Regular, intense interaction with the client as well as regular urinalysis to assure compliance as well as community safety
- Assure that the clients adhere too, and complete all court ordered requirements and possibly get their charges dismissed altogether
Below are links to the eight main topics of discussion.
The information presented in this video is strictly the opinions of the participants. If you have a legal concern or are seeking advice please consult your attorney.
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