Substance Abuse Services

Female TC Group


The Idaho Department of Correction offers a variety of programs which address substance abuse issues. Chemical dependency continues to be one of the main issues of the incarcerated, with approximately 85% of the offenders having substance abuse problems. To address these problems, the department offers specific programming to address the substance abuse problems. These are some of the substance abuse programs that are available to IDOC clients:

  • Relapse Prevention
  • Meth Matrix
  • New Directions
  • Helping Women Recover
  • Therapeutic Community (TC)


Complete listing and description of IDOC's Substance Abuse Programs

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

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.

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