Drug treatment staff conduct Open House on Mondays from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm in the drug treatment complex, located behind Dunit. Non-D-unit inmates should enter through D-L to attend open house. The following specialized drug treatment programs are
available at this institution.
The Drug Abuse Education Program consists of approximately 40 hours of group sessions, the primary purpose of which is to educate inmates about the abuse of alcohol and drugs and to motivate participants, when indicated, to pursue more intensified drug abuse
programming. The program is open to all inmates at the institution who desire to participate, but is required for some offenders who meet certain drug-related criteria. Mandatory participation is required if: (1) there is evidence in the Pre-sentence investigation (PSI) that alcohol or other drug use contributed to the commission of the instant offense; (2) alcohol or other drug use was a reason for
violation of supervised release, including parole, or BOP community status (RRC placement); or (3) the inmate was recommended for
drug programming during incarceration, by the sentencing judge. An inmate who is required to participate in the drug education
course and who refuses participation, withdraws, is expelled, or otherwise fails to meet attendance and examination requirements, shall
be held at the lowest pay grade within the institution and shall be ineligible for community programs. Certificates are awarded for
successful program completion.
Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program ordinarily consists of individual and/or group counseling and self-help programming.
An inmate may be referred for treatment by a staff member or may apply for this program himself by submitting an inmate request to
staff (cop-out). The non-residential drug abuse treatment program offers substance abuse treatment services to inmates with alcohol or
drug problems who are not eligible or not interested in participating in the residential drug abuse treatment program or who must wait a
substantial period of time prior to attending the residential program due to sentence length. These groups are voluntary and typically
meet once per week. Individualized treatment plans are developed consistent with an inmate’s assessed need. Certificates are awarded
for successful program completion.
The Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program at Fairton (called CHOICE) offers nine months of residential treatment on a voluntary
basis to inmates who have a verifiable documented (typically in PSI) alcohol or drug abuse problem. Interested inmates can apply to
RDAP when they are within 36 months of release by submitting a cop-out requesting an interview for the program. Inmates are
required to reside on the treatment unit (D-L) throughout participation in the program. The goal of this program is to help participants
re-evaluate their choices: first by challenging old beliefs, attitudes and behavioral patterns and second, by learning new skills. Through
extensive assessment procedures, an individual treatment plan is constructed which guides the inmate’s participation in a treatment
curriculum organized around personality and lifestyle changes. Inmates enrolled in RDAP are required to complete subsequent
transitional services programming in a community-based program and/or Bureau institution. An inmate may receive incentives for his
satisfactory involvement in the residential program. Some inmates may be eligible for early release consideration if their criminal
histories are deemed non-violent. All inmates residing in the drug treatment unit (D-L) are expected to participate actively in
therapeutic community activities. Certificates and financial incentives are awarded for successful program participation and
Self-Help Programs including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Thinking Skills are regularly offered.
Other groups including Parenting and Recovery, Nicotine Anonymous, Anger and Recovery, and Living Free have also been offered.
Self-help groups are conducted Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, and 6 – 7 pm. Inmates in D-Unit can easily
attend either time slot. Inmates from other units should attend groups during the latter time. Self-help groups are generally included
as a part of an inmate’s residential or non-residential treatment regimen.