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Addiction Treatment in the Criminal Justice System

Cost-Effectiveness of Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings

Dr. Kathryn McCollister from the University of Miami makes an argument for the cost-effectiveness of substance abuse interventions in criminal justice settings. She cites the most recent literature and statistics on the issue and breaks down the economic and prison management benefits. She also touches on the benefits for the individuals receiving such treatment. This video is very numbers- and statistics-laden but is short enough to keep an audience’s attention. This information would be helpful to those who have the authority to implement or improve such programs. This video was presented by the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (SAPRP) and is available, among many other informative videos on substance abuse, on the SAPRPKnowledge YouTube channel. (00:02:35)

LINK: http://youtu.be/OvHkFIu2zCk


Substance Abuse Treatment for Non-Violent Drug Offenders

This very short video plants a seed for what will likely result in a hot debate on the issues of economic cost, societal burden, and effectiveness of diverting non-violent drug offenders to treatment programs instead of prison. This video would be a great discussion point for professionals who have worked with this population; might allow an audience to bring up frustrations or ideas related to this issue; and would likely bring life to the issue of substance abuse treatment in the criminal justice population. This video was presented by the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (SAPRP) and is available, among many other informative videos on substance abuse, on the SAPRPKnowledge YouTube channel. (00:01:38)

LINK: http://youtu.be/u0dLZ5lnpYM


Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Treatment Program

This short video gives few details about what trauma-informed substance abuse treatment really looks like in prison, but it does give a glimpse of how such programs can be beneficial. One inmate explains that this treatment helped her realize why she continued to make the same mistakes over and over. This video would be useful for starting a discussion about what trauma-informed treatment is and how the approach is much more likely to be helpful than treatment as usual (which is typically no treatment at all) in the criminal justice system. This video is available on California Correction’s YouTube channel. (00:02:17)

LINK: http://youtu.be/ElzBuCZxAZo


Getting Drug Offenders ‘Back on Track’

This ABCNews special describes the Back on Track program, which was developed for individuals who have committed non-violent drug crimes in San Francisco. The program requires participants to be involved in full-time work or education, provides psychoeducation and support, and requires community service and frequent court visits. This video would be useful to those working in the criminal justice system and to individuals with authority to create such programs in other locations. This video is available on the official YouTube page for the current California Attorney General, Kamala Harris. (00:04:45)

LINK: http://youtu.be/UEQxxBuWzto


Addiction and Incarceration: Breaking the Cycle

This powerful video created by the Hazleden Foundation is directed toward men addicted to drugs or alcohol and sends the strong message that to overcome their addiction, they must first change their lifestyle. A particularly moving segment begins at 00:03:20, where we watch a group counseling session take place. One man describes a recent suggestion by his counselor to write a letter to his six-year-old self, the age at which he believes he may have stopped fully maturing due to his abusive and extremely adverse childhood. Therapists, individuals working in the criminal justice system, and particularly male addicts involved in such a cycle would greatly benefit from watching this video. This video makes the argument that positive change requires deep introspection as well as reorganization of a person’s environment. Thus, it speaks to the continued need for mental health care in the criminal justice system in order to “break the cycle.” This video is available on HazeldenFoundation’s YouTube channel, which features a variety of other videos on addiction. (00:07:47)

LINK: http://youtu.be/-9iCU63M6Ww