"I learned a lot about myself. I realized I'm an addict and this program has been a changing point in my life. I couldn't have done it on my own. This program helped me change my behaviors and resolve the issues that led to my drug use. They didn't just help me solve my drug problem; they helped me solve my criminal thinking."
The Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Project (J-BT Project) focuses on simultaneously reducing offender substance abuse and criminal behavior. Participating offenders take part in a curriculum-based therapy model called A New Direction: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Curriculum. Cognitive-behavioral treatment has been proven effective with offender populations. The Project uses additional proven therapeutic strategies, including motivational interviewing, orientation to the 12-Step Community, relapse prevention, empowerment-based practices, brief strategic therapy, group therapy, and family counseling.
Longer term treatment strategies coupled with intensive supervision increase the likelihood of successful outcomes with offender populations. The J-BT Project is designed to keep offenders in effective treatment for as long as is necessary to lower relapse and recidivism.
The Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation conducts the independent evaluation of the J-BT Project.