Prison Outreach

By: Rich Dowling. MA., MAC

Thanks to Sheriff Rochford and his staff’s interest in enhancing the addictive behavior treatment program for inmates, there is now a S.M.A.R.T. Recovery group meeting in the Morris County Correctional Facility (MCCF), Morristown, NJ. The group has been meeting Wednesday evenings. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. since October 2, 1996 with an average of 10 individuals attending each meeting. Copies of the S.M.A.R.T. Recovery Member's Manual have been purchased by the correctional facility and are available to group participants. Chuck Fritsch, Coordinator. Peter LoIacono, MA, MAC, Professional Advisor and Rich Dowling. MA, MAC, Professional Advisor share the responsibility of facilitating the group. Currently S.M.A.R.T. Recovery is available to the male inmates only, but an effort is being made to recruit a woman  interested in coordinating a SMART group for female inmates.

The following is but one example of the benefit experienced by an inmate applying information received from attending the MCCF S.M.A.R.T. Recovery Self-Help group:

"I had four fights in the first three weeks of being locked up, but since coming to S.M.A.R.T. Recovery meetings the past two months I haven't had any. I came in here with a lot of anger, but when I was reading that little booklet (S.M.A.R.T. Recovery: A Sensible Primer), the part that says I'm responsible for creating my own emotional reactions -not the other guy. I decided it wasn't worth it. So, now I back away from situations that in the past would end in a fight. I feel good about that. If I can do that in here, I'm pretty sure I can do it on the street." Rich Dowling, Member, SMART Board of Directors

As published in the SMART Recovery® News & Views.

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