FCI Sheridan Substance Abuse Programs

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The Residential Drug Abuse Program is a unit-based program that takes approximately 9 months to complete. Residential programs are located in various federal institutions. Each program delivers a standardized treatment package in which participants program 10 to 15 hours a week in a wide variety of therapeutic modalities targeting skills acquisition. For those being released after completion of the program, a period of 3 to 6 months of transitional services will be arranged. The transitional services program is coordinated out of the Central Office and is planned to consist of four hours of treatment weekly. As incentive to participate in residential treatment, inmates admitted to the program who have neither current nor prior violent offenses are eligible to receive up to a 1-year sentence reduction for successful completion of the program. This includes completion of the Residential Re-entry Center (halfway house) as well. Another incentive for participating in RDAP is the conferring of financial awards, based upon the inmate’s achievement/completion of program phases. These financial rewards may be provided as participants successfully move through the program. The awards should be based on achievement rather than mere attendance.


1. Orientation to Treatment
2. Rational Thinking Skills
3. Criminal Lifestyles
4. Living with Others
5. Lifestyle Balance
6. Recovery Maintenance
7. Transitioning into the Community

Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program

Non-residential drug abuse treatment is provided at all institutions and ordinarily consists of individual and/or group counseling and self-help programming. It is a voluntary program, available to inmates with drug/alcohol problems who are not eligible or interested in participating in the residential drug abuse treatment program. Nonresidential drug abuse services will include a minimum of 1-hour of individual or group contacts each month as indicated by a treatment plan. Topics typically addressed in nonresidential treatment include: Interpersonal skills building, errors in thinking, post release survival and anger management. The focus must be on the topics’ relationship to alcohol and drug abuse and methods used to overcome drug-using patterns.

Drug Education/Outpatient Services

The Drug Education Program is a 40-hour program providing general information about drug abuse and treatment options. The program is standardized and presented in most federal institutions. A certificate of achievement will be awarded to all who successfully complete the program. A copy of this certificate will be forwarded to the unit team for placement in the inmate’s central file.

Outpatient services, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, are also provided at FCI Sheridan, and in most other federal institutions. They are designed to meet the treatment needs of inmates who are not in comprehensive treatment programs.

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