Corrections Assignment 11-20-2017.docx

So in addiction treatment we say that an addict needs

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So, in addiction treatment we say that an addict needs to change the people, the places, and the things. You change the people you hang out with, the places you go, and the things you do. If you do those things then you have a really good shot at making it. I don’t know how many times I have had a person that has made that change and is doing really well. Then they go back for a holiday to their old neighborhood and they lose it all. They go back to drinking or they go to show their friends how good they are doing and they get drawn right back into the life they thought they had moved past. A lot of things have to go right for an inmate to stay out and only one wrong thing can put them back in jail. I think inmates who learn a trade, get an education, or go thru a drug rehabilitation while in custody have a better chance at surviving once they are out. It’s in my opinion that they develop a new identity of them self. I am Rance and I am a plumber, I am Rance and I am a student, I am Rance and I am Clean. That’s a whole lot different than sitting around or going to yard once a day while I was incarcerated. I think it comes down to if you know better you do better. I think if we get to these inmates while they are incarcerated and teach them something while they are sober it will then stick with them going forward and maybe be the difference in going out and committing another crime or not. I think there will naturally always be an anxiousness when a person is transitioning from prison to the real world. It’s the tools they learn and the relationships that they make while incarcerated that may be the key to them succeeding. You get the phone number of an A.A. speaker that comes in to talk to you while you are in jail and you get out and call him and he picks you up and takes you to a meeting. These are things that can have a profound impact on someone. You go to that meeting and get a job as a painter and make 400 to 500 bucks a week to start. That sound a lot better than going home and getting drunk and high with your boys. That road leads back to prison. When someone leaves prison, they are at a fork in the road. They can either go left and come back to prison or go right and stay out. It’s our job to educated them on the what’s on the road if they turn right. Right is harder than left. Left is easy, left is the life they already know. But the key thing is the person. I think every person in the back of their mind knows if this is the last time they are going to go to prison.
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