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Randomized trial of a reentry modified therapeutic community for offenders with co-occurring disorders: crime
outcomes.
Sacks S., Chaple M., Sacks J.Y. et al. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: 2012, 42, p. 247–259.

From the USA, the first randomised trial of a post-prison therapeutic community designed for psychologically disturbed problem substance using offenders found it halved the numbers reimprisoned and did even better when preceded by similar in-prison treatment, confirmation that what happens when people leave prison can be critical.

Summary
Therapeutic communities are residential facilities with a distinctive therapeutic ethos and programme founded on joint living and peer influence. Core principles and methods include: a focus on the 'whole person'; a highly structured daily regimen; fostering personal responsibility and self-help in managing difficulties; using peers as role models and guides, with the peer community acting as the healing agent; regarding change as a gradual, developmental process and moving clients through progressive treatment stages; stressing work and self-reliance through the development of vocational and independent living skills; and promoting prosocial values within healthy social networks to sustain recovery.


Item Type
Evidence resource
Publication Type
Review
Drug Type
Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type
Crime prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date
5 August 2013
Publisher
Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators
Drug and Alcohol Findings
Volume
5 Augu
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)
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