Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Alcohol and drug-related issues significantly contribute to recidivism rates throughout Louisiana and the country. As part of the services provided at day reporting centers, an added focus on treating substance abuse issues helps increase offenders’ chances of leading a crime-free life after returning to the community, and reinforces the reentry philosophy of treating all potential avenues to recidivism.
Upon intake, each offender will be interviewed by a Case Manager and assessed using the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), an effective and reliable assessment tool used worldwide for substance abuse evaluation. The assessment addresses medical status, employment and support, drug use, alcohol use, legal status, family/social status and psychiatric status. These indicators will be used to set up an individual treatment plan.
Offenders will be treated using two primary cognitive behavioral methods of substance abuse treatment – Thinking for a Change and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA). CBISA was developed by the University of Cincinnati’s Correction Institute and is well-suited for offenders with a moderate-to-high need for substance abuse treatment.
A central part of the program includes training in relapse prevention, which teaches offenders to identify early relapse warning signs and encourages alternative choices. The training provides the offender with the decision-making tools to lower the risk of relapse. Case managers work with and monitor offenders throughout the aftercare process.