The Wake County Recovery Court program is a supervised treatment alternative available to individuals involved in the criminal justice system and is designed to break the cycle of drug dependence and related crime, reduce social and health costs to the community, and increase safety of the community by reducing the health impact of violence and trauma while encouraging individuals into recovery.
The Wake County Recovery Court program supervises and assists chemically dependent, non-violent probationers with receiving treatment in a rehabilitative environment monitored by the Court. Monitoring consists of structured participant activities and progress through probation supervision, substance use disorder treatment, mental health treatment, drug and alcohol testing, case management, and interaction with the judge and team during court sessions. The primary goal of the program is to assist chemically dependent adults with becoming and remaining drug free through treatment and recovery.


Participants must:
  • Be a resident of Wake County
  • Post-plea misdemeanor or felony class F, G, H or I cases (probation violations/mods acceptable)
  • Have a substance use disorder diagnosis (determined during assessment - alcohol must be a secondary dependence)
  • Have a minimum of 12 months remaining on intermediate level supervision
  • Have received at least a 90-day suspended sentence
  • Have a DWI referral (referrals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and alcohol must be secondary dependence)
  • Have stable housing or be willing to reside in a sober living environment


The following factors deem an individual ineligible:
  • Known for primarily dealing in drugs
  • Conviction of trafficking or sale of controlled substance in the last five years
  • Pending charges for trafficking or sale of controlled substance
  • Convictions for violent felony offenses in the last five years
  • Firearm possession during arrest or the commission of offense (will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Participating in a methadone or opioid maintenance program, or taking legally prescribed narcotics
  • Pending charges (may be eligible once disposed of)
  • Sex offenders


Submit a referral form to via email, or fax the form to 919 743-4895. Once the referral is received, an initial screening is completed by a case coordinator, and all information is forwarded to the recovery court team for review. The process may take up to 30 days.  If you have questions about the program, please call 919-856-6414 or 919-856-2773.


  • One year minimum commitment
  • Complete 12 months of Intensive Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Report to probation and case coordinator as instructed
  • Attend court every other Friday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Participate in recovery support meetings (such as AA, NA, All Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, or faith-based programs)
  • Submit to random and frequent drug testing
  • Maintain six consecutive months of sobriety to graduate
  • Obtain employment or attend an educational/vocational program
  • Pay applicable fees

For more information, contact Nicole Singletary (919-856-2773),
Ron Scott (919-856-6441) or Ken White (919-856-6414).