New Court Program in Rutherford County Aims to Help Families Stay Together / Reduce Trauma

Jun 07, 2021 at 07:37 am by WGNS

Sarah Murfree with the Prevention Coalition for Success said that illegal drug use is a large problem in Rutherford County, but another problem involves the stigma that comes with addiction.

Some families are not willing to admit the existence of addiction…


Substance use disorder or drug addiction is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine are also considered drugs.

When trying to get clean or sober, obstacles preventing help are a major concern, according to Murfree…

A new program funded by The National Center for State Courts has placed the Rutherford County Courtroom in the spotlight as they participate in a new pilot program to fight substance abuse and keep families together...

The Family Preservation Initiative is a program that is aimed at ending the cycles of system involvement that often affect multiple generations and to catch problems before plunging a child or family into  much larger crisis.

The program will work to help fight addiction, help find treatment and most of all - reduce trauma throughout the process while working to keep families together. 

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