DRUG EDUCATION PROGRAM
The purpose of the drug education program is to provide information about the physical, psychological, and lifestyle consequences of substance abuse motivating those with substance abuse problems to seek treatment.
There are two ways you may participate in the drug education course, as a volunteer or a required participant.
1. Current Offense: there is evidence alcohol or other drug use contributed to the commission of the current offense;
2. Violation: alcohol or other drug use was a reason for a violation of supervised release or the failure of a Residential Release Center (halfway house) placement;
3. Judicial Recommendation: there was a recommendation for drug programming during incarceration by the sentencing judge; or
4. History: there is evidence of a history of alcohol or other drug use within the last five years.
B. Volunteer: Anyone may volunteer but required inmates will receive priority placement.
1. Course Content: This 12 to 15 hour course reviews personal drug use, the cycle of drug use and crime, and reviews additional program opportunities in the Bureau.
2. Completion: You must attend and actively participate during the course passing a final exam with a 70%. You will have three chances to pass the final exam consisting of ten questions. You will receive a certificate of successful participation and credit on your educational transcript including credit for a Release Preparation class
NON-RESIDENTIAL DRUG ABUSE PROGRAM
The purpose of the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR) is to help you learn about patterns of drug use, examine your drug history, look at the damaging consequences of your drug use behavior, develop a Readiness Statement, recognize how your thoughts control your thinking style including a process called Rational Self-Analysis; examine situations you will encounter in the future and consider effective ways to handle each, and create a Personal Statement of Change. The NR therapy group runs 90 to 120 minutes a week for a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of 24 weeks, consisting of psycho-educational and small group discussion, structured journaling, and an individualized treatment plan. After successful completion, you will receive an achievement award of $30, a certificate of completion, and credit toward a Release Preparation class.
RESIDENTIAL DRUG ABUSE PROGRAM
A. The RDAP Structure:
1. Orientation Phase – you will explore the choices you have before you, look at your situation, understand the expectations of this drug abuse treatment program, recognize self-defeating thoughts that are road blocks to change, explore positive attitudes for successful treatment and learn how to do an Attitude Check. You will learn essential skills needed to make positive lifestyle change, look at the damaging consequences of your drug use behavior, and prepare a Readiness Statement as the starting point for lifestyle change.
2. Core Treatment Phase – in this five-month phase, you will be expected to build positive relationships in group, on the unit, with family/significant other, with institution staff, via the acquisition of thought processes and pro-social skills required to live a substance-free, crime-free, and well-managed life. Treatment staff will monitor your behavior (positive and negative), personal insights, motivation and commitment to treatment.
3. Transition Phase – in this two-month phase you will practice pro-social skills acquired in the treatment phase while developing realistic expectations for exiting the program. You will not complete the program until you have displayed mastery of the expected behaviors.
B. Successful Completion:
1. Satisfactory attendance and participation in all RDAP activities;
2. Pass each RDAP testing procedure (you may retest one time);
3. Accepted and acknowledged your diagnosis;
4. Taken on the responsibilities of the community;
5. Made a commitment to positive change, as evidenced by observed positive behavior in your daily interactions;
6. Expressed yourself in group, demonstrating the ability to give and receive appropriate feedback from other staff members and inmates; and
7. Mastery of all phase-related concepts.
C. RDAP Wait List:
After being placed on the waiting list for RDAP, you will be moved to either Madison or the RDAP unit. When you are placed on the RDAP Wait list, you will be given a copy of the rules for RDAP. Since you have requested help with a lifestyle change, it is expected you will begin to show progress toward this change through your attitude and behavior. If you transferred from another institution and were on the RDAP Wait list, please complete the blue DAP Request Form so we can begin to process your paperwork for RDAP. If you are an RDAP Graduate from another institution, please complete a blue DAP Request Form so we can help you meet your Transitional Services (Aftercare) requirement.
The BOP offers incentives for participation in RDAP: limited achievement awards of $40 for successful completion of a treatment phase; consideration for the maximum time in a community-based treatment program; and early release for those determined to be eligible. Specific information on the limitations of the early release can be found in Program Statement 5331.02, Early Release Procedures under 18 U.S.C. -3621(e), dated March 16, 2009, in the Law Library.