The Richmond Adult Drug Court encourages participants to increase their involvement in their own neighborhood and recovery communities. These objectives are achieved when participants interact with other citizens by performing community service.
Community service enables participants to invest in the positive aspects of the community and experience the reward of "giving" to others. They then can become more interested in creating and maintaining a better environment for others in the community.
Program participants perform 250 to 300 hours monthly of community service. The majority of these hours are performed for the City of Richmond, thus providing savings to the City and to taxpayers. The volunteer work performed by the participants is work the City normally pays others to perform.
Participants must attend twelve-step and recovery meetings in the community. They are encouraged by, and learn from, others in the recovery community who are struggling to remain drug-free and achieve balanced lives. They also develop a support system independent of their immediate families and Adult Drug Court staff.