The following is a guest blog by John Maclin of True Foundation Counseling in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. True Foundation Counseling is a program committed to holistically restoring men, women, families and communities who are recovering from addiction through evidence based approaches and spiritual growth. Learn more about the services they provide on their website.
A number of people we work with end up at True Foundation Counseling after they have been directed to seek counseling by the court or by their defense attorney. Counseling for substance abuse is often a condition set forth during sentencing, and completion of class may be required to avoid jail time or as part of a reduced plea during.
That being said, finding help for individuals in need goes both ways. Many times people come seek out counseling services on their own or because friends and family members wanted to get someone the help they needed, but they have no clue where to turn to in order to find help for their legal troubles. People often get referred to counseling clinics from their lawyers, but we also refer individuals to defense lawyers.
The Benefits Of Being Referred To A Lawyer By A Counselor
The biggest issues facing people who need legal help is that there are so many different lawyers available, and you probably don’t have much experience finding a lawyer, so the process can be confusing. How do you know which lawyers you can trust and which ones are a great fit for your situation? If you’re currently seeking treatment for substance abuse, domestic violence or your are taking a driving course because you lost your license, talk to your counselor.
We’ve referred clients to Avery Appelman and other lawyers on many occasions because we know which attorneys would be a good fit for the individuals in our program. Certain lawyers are great and helping individuals who are facing serious traffic tickets, while others are amazing at helping people with substance abuse charges. Our goal is to help you in any way possible, and if that includes directing you to a couple of attorneys that we believe can help you navigate the legal system, we’d be more than happy to point you in the right direction. All you need to do is ask.
We work with lawyers on a regular basis, and if you’re facing criminal charges, there’s a big difference between finding a lawyer who tries drug-related cases and finding a lawyer who is well-connected in the substance abuse community. Nobody knows exactly what you’re going through, but professionals with connections in the substance abuse community are better equipped to help you in any way possible. Just like your lawyer can refer you to a good counseling program, your counselor can help you find the perfect lawyer for your case.
So if you are wondering where to turn after you’ve hired a defense lawyer or you’ve signed up for a rehabilitation class, don’t be afraid to ask your lawyer or counselor for direction. We want to help you in any way we can, and we know that good defense lawyers feel the same way. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at True Foundation Counseling.