A Substance Abuse Education Program

Commitment to Change (CTC) was created in 2005. It is a cognitive behavioral therapy program, for both court ordered and voluntary male clients, designed to focus on substance abuse and criminal conduct. Both of these issues are addressed utilizing an evaluated curriculum called Criminal Conduct and Substance Abuse Treatment: Strategies for Self Improvement and Change by Kenneth Wanberg, Ph.D., and Harvey Milkman Ph.D. The program provides treatment while the individual is incarcerated as well as provides an aftercare group that provides the individual ongoing support post-release. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TCDJ) allocated 24 treatment beds for the use of the CTC program. The program can serve up to 96 clients annually. The program offers treatment to clients while still incarcerated and also offers an aftercare group for ongoing support post-release.

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Patricia Bouressa