Substance Abuse Rehabilitation: The Bureau offers substance abuse rehabilitation programs as well as self help groups. These are:
- Drug Education is an educational course run by psychology. This course outlines the effects that alcohol and particular drugs can have on a person’s body, their behavior, their interpersonal relationships, and their community. Under certain circumstances inmates are required to complete this course. If you are required and you don’t meet the requirement the Bureau can hold your pay to the lowest pay grade and can deny you community programs such as halfway house.
- Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment is for individuals with diagnosed substance abuse problems. Inmate’s may be enrolled in one or more groups and these groups may be supplemented by individual counseling sessions as appropriate. The overall effort is designed to help inmates avoid relapse into alcohol or illicit drug use following release.
- Residential Drug Abuse Treatment is for individuals with diagnosed substance abuse problems which can be verified. The program again aims to help inmates avoid relapse into alcohol or illicit drug use following release. Some inmates who complete this program are eligible for a sentence reduction. It is offered toward the end of your sentence so that the material is fresh for you upon release. To apply for the program you need to have less than 36 months but more than 24 months left on your sentence. You need to submit a request to be interviewed. If you qualify you will be transferred to another institution which has the program.
In addition to the above, self-help programs [i.e. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA)], are available for inmate participation. These programs are monitored by the Drug Treatment Specialist and usually meet once a week. They are available to any interested inmate.