Excessive substance use isn't always a long-term or life-altering problem, but if you committed a crime while drunk or high, you may face serious consequences for years to come. As a result of technological advancements, overcrowded prisons and an evolving judicial system, one of the newest consequences is mandatory monitoring by a SCRAM bracelet.
If you wear one of these bracelets because of an OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence), DUI (driving under the influence), or DWI (driving while intoxicated) conviction, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. We've done our best to answer the following questions for you, but only you can decide how this bracelet will affect your choice of behaviors and decisions.
The SCRAM acronym explains the service that these bracelets provide: Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring. If you wear a SCRAM bracelet as a condition of your parole or probation, it analyzes your sweat on an hourly basis and alerts the authorities if alcohol is detected.
Its primary purpose is to prevent you from drinking, but it's not simply a rehabilitative tool; it's likely also a condition of your freedom. If you drink while wearing a SCRAM bracelet, your probation or parole will be revoked, and you'll probably serve time in prison.
Some court systems require a combination of substance use treatment and a SCRAM bracelet, but others leave the methods up to you. No matter what, it's important to remember that your SCRAM bracelet doesn't actually stop you from drinking; it just heightens the consequences of choosing to drink. And even if you do refrain from drinking, the bracelet is still a short-term solution to a long-term problem.
If you're worried that you'll drink while wearing your SCRAM bracelet, you can work on your sobriety with one of Saint Jude's self-directed programs. Whether your sole goal is to stop using substances until your SCRAM bracelet is removed or you want to stay sober for the rest of your life, we can help, it has to be your choice.
Your legal troubles may have stemmed from some poor decisions that don't reflect your true character, so you may assume you'll be fine after it's removed. If you drank so heavily that you endangered yourself or others through drinking and driving, it's unlikely that it was an isolated event but rather that you were finally caught. Take this as an opportunity to make big changes and continue your sobriety or moderation after your SCRAM bracelet is removed. Whatever your decision, your choice to change can only benefit your life and help you move forward.
If you successfully meet the conditions of your sentencing and your SCRAM bracelet is removed, you will be in total control of monitoring your sobriety whether you choose abstinence or moderation. We believe in your right to choose whether abstinence or moderation is your best option and we'll help you construct the plan to help you move forward with not only your sobriety but your life.