Therapeutic Community Aftercare
A Therapeutic Community Aftercare Group is an open-ended process group with clearly defined expectations and discharge criteria. The purpose is to reinforce the concepts and skills developed in the Therapeutic Community program as they apply to everyday life. Graduates must enroll in Therapeutic Community aftercare immediately upon release and incorporate the use of their Relapse Prevention Plan into their daily lives.
For additional information on Therapeutic Communities, please follow the link to the National Institute on Drug Research.
Therapeutic Community, living units are task oriented 9-12 month treatment programs dedicated to treating high risk offenders with substance abuse as their primary presenting problem. Members pass through three (3) phases, each requiring greater attitude, skill, and knowledge levels. Therapeutic Communities are highly structured and based upon the premise that an individual’s needs are best met in a pro-social group environment. Social learning theory utilizes positive peer pressure to endorse acceptable norms and belief systems within the program. Staff is the rational authority of the community structure and is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the community. Staff is the only family members who have authority over the scheduling of events, structure, and in determining Learning Experiences. In TC, Staff are not only leaders but also role models for family members.