NELSON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Nelson County is taking the next step to fight drug addiction and incarceration issues locally.

The Commonwealth's Attorney’s Office received a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help set up an Adult Drug Court over the next four years.

Drug Court is a state-wide program for non-violent substance-abusing offenders that promotes sobriety and lowers repeat offenses.

It's usually an 18-month program that ideally ends in charges being reduced or dismissed.

The program starts off with very stringent restrictions and time-consuming requirements, which lessen over time as the participant progresses.

It's completely voluntary and tailored to each participant's needs.

Commonwealth's Attorney Daniel Rutherford says this kind of program does more than help the addict.

"Families have been struggling with drug addiction. It's impacted not just those who are the addicts, but their family members, their children, their loved ones, and it's impacted the citizens of Nelson. Schools have seen the issue, all our government agencies have seen it," he said.

Rutherford said the Commonwealth's Attorney’s Office has attacked the distribution of drugs, but it needs to start putting an end to the demand, and that's what the drug court aims to do.

"We want people who leave our program and have their charges reduced or dismissed to ultimately have the tools that they need to live a crime-free, substance-free and productive lifestyle when they leave the program so we don't see them again in the criminal justice system," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney William Flory.

The Drug Court has a 30-person capacity at one time, which is about ten percent of Nelson's defendant population.

The county hopes to start the program at the beginning of 2023.

At that time defendants who volunteer for the program will be evaluated for entry.