Counseling & Treatment Services

Addiction Treatment Services oversees the delivery of substance abuse treatment to ADC offenders identified as being in need of intervention. The screening process is based on self report and/or a review of the available corresponding data. Offenders are ranked according to need, time left to serve, and risk for recidivism into one of four services categories: Intensive Treatment, Moderate Treatment, Educational, or no need. Intensive Treatment consists of a twelve month program and Moderate Treatment is six months in duration. All ATS treatment groups are conducted by licensed Substance Abuse Counselors who incorporate evidenced-based curricula in a cognitive behavioral treatment approach. Treatment is offered at a variety of complexes and units. DUI treatment is offered at Private Prison facilities for male offenders and through contract services at ASPC-Perryville for female offenders. These programs provide 36 hours of DUI treatment as statutorily mandated for convicted DUI offenders. Offenders attend classes in such topics as parenting, family dynamics of addiction, and stress management throughout their length of sentence.

Self Help/ Mutual Help Support Groups

The Arizona Department of Corrections values the self help/mutual help support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery offered through community volunteers. At units where offenders are permitted to meet in groups and contingent upon the availability of volunteers at each facility, various support groups are offered on a weekly basis.
 


 

The Sex Offender Education and Treatment Program (SOETP) is based on a cognitive-behavioral and relapse prevention model of assessment and treatment. Evidence-based treatment and best practices assist the offender in managing sexually exploitative behavior, thereby reducing the risk of re-offending.

Treatment components include psychological testing/assessment, acknowledging responsibility for offending behavior, modifying cognitive distortions, managing deviant sexual urges and impulses, developing victim empathy, enhancing social competencies, and acquiring relapse prevention skills.

Participants are expected and encouraged to take an active role in treatment by attending weekly psycho-educational classes, group therapies, relapse prevention groups, treatment plan reviews, and completing specific homework assignments.