Alcohol and Drug Education, Treatment, and Relapse Prevention
Pscyhoeducation, where offenders learn the types of substances abused and work to identify the negative effects of alcohol/drugs on their lives and bodies. Gaining understanding in the use, misuse, abuse, and addiction of drugs/alcohol.
Recovery, which is rooted in the 12-step Model. During this phase, offenders learn the characteristics of the 12-step peer recovery model, the value of peer support to their recovery program and begin work to obtain sponsorship within the community.
Relapse Prevention, wherein cognitive-behavioral tools are utilized to assist the offender in making healthy lifestyle choices, using appropriate and effective coping strategies for relationship changes they will encounter while sober, and how to appropriately deal with emotions and feelings to avoid relapse triggers. It is in this phase that offenders develop an individual relapse prevention plan for long-term sobriety in the community.
Anger Management is a cognitive-behavioral program designed and developed Robert Moore and the EX-ACT Program of Washington, D.C.to educate and challenge the beliefs of offenders in order to improve the offender’s ability to manage anger and interact with others in a socially acceptable manner. The intention of the Anger Management Program is:
- To increase offender responsibility for their own emotions and subsequent reactions to those emotions.
- To provide skills in the core components of anger management including: rational thinking, physical responses, and behavior responses.
- To increase offender ability to react to conflict in an assertive manner rather than aggressive one.
- To equip the offender with healthy interventions to stress.
- To develop effective communication skills in the offender.
Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program
Batterers are provided with educational components designed to intervene in the cycle of violence, power and control. The intent of Batterers Intervention Prevention Programs is:
- To end abusive behavior.
- To stop victim blaming.
- To deal with domestic violence not as an anger control problem, but one of power and control.
- To challenge beliefs and values.
- To increase the offender’s constructive expression of all emotions.
- To develop listening skills within the offender.
- To promote decreased isolation and the development of personal support systems for the offender.
- To decrease dependency on and control of the offender’s relationships.
- To increase the offender’s understanding of his family and social factors of spousal abuse.
- To challenge anyone who condones abuse.
- To increase awareness that no one has the right to perpetrate violence on another.
Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program
Based on the number of incarcerated women AND men who have themselves been victims of domestic violence, THIS Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program was developed to aid men and women with these histories in dealing with their own victimization, as they work toward increased personal responsibility and accountability for the offenses they have themselves perpetrated. It is the goal of this group to provide victims of domestic violence the opportunity to learn about the effects of domestic violence and ways of breaking the cycle of violence. It is further the goal of this program to teach that women are NOT the only victims of domestic violence, MEN are victims of domestic violence as well, and to remove the shame attached that men feel and allow them learn and comprehend what domestic violence looks like for men, in a world where it's not concerned a problem.