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Prison Based Programming


CPI facilitates the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program at the Detroit Reentry Center. Those referred for the RSAT program have a history of substance abuse and criminal behavior. As a result, it has been determined that these clients are in need of a more intensive, structured treatment episode. RSAT functions as a modified therapeutic community. Treatment services establish a community environment that includes basic therapeutic structures, as well as rewards and sanctions. RSAT’s therapeutic community is highly structured with clear boundaries. The ultimate goal of the community is to work together to make lifestyle changes.

Among the behaviors that are cultivated within the therapeutic community are respect for others, self-respect, and respect for the community in which one lives. Additionally, accepting responsibility for one’s behavior and for the well-being of the community are core concepts. Clients will gain respect in the community as they gain adaptive thinking patterns, compassion, a sense of responsibility and a positive set of values.  These serve to eliminate drug use and criminal behavior, create a person who is able to contribute positively to whatever community they are a member of, and have a healthier and happier family and social life. Change is facilitated by participation in educational and skill-building groups, by working as a member of the community, and increasing communication skills. Clients will learn to express their feelings through self-disclosure and gain the skills necessary to sustain long term sobriety.


CPI facilitates two levels of substance abuse treatment services at Macomb Correctional Facility. The Phase II program consists of 16 group therapy sessions, as well as individual therapy sessions. The focus of this program is assisting the client in addressing issues related to substance abuse in order to prepare for reintegration into his community. While in treatment, clients participate in cognitive skill-building and process groups. They also practice utilizing their new skills through acting out real life situations.

Topics addressed include:
– Increasing self-awareness
– Clarifying values
– Time management
– Emotional regulation
– Problem solving skills
– Interpersonal skills
– Relapse prevention

The Advanced Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) program is intended to meet the needs of clients who require more intensive treatment than Phase II. ASAT consists of 32 group therapy sessions, as well as individual therapy sessions. Similar to Phase II, cilents participate in cognitive skill building and process groups. Clients receive homework assignments related to the critical thinking skills being developed in each session.

Topics addressed include:
– The change process
– Negative thoughts and behavior
– Recognizing emotions and managing anger
– Problem recognition and problem solving
– Social skills
– Self-understanding
– Recognizing high risk situations
– Relapse and recidivism

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