It is well established that there is a strong relationship between substance abuse and crime and that nationally, it is estimated that approximately 80% of inmates are incarcerated for a substance abuse related crime. Punishment alone has not been shown to be effective in breaking the cycle of substance abusing related crime, but by combining appropriate sanctions with treatment, recidivism and relapse can be reduced.

Intervention efforts that provide relapse prevention, provisions for continuing care, and recovery maintenance strategies have been found to be particularly helpful in this regard. The Oregon Department of Corrections has employed WestCare Inc. to provide intervention strategies that rely on a combination of Therapeutic Community behavioral modification treatment, professional substance abuse counseling services and self-help support services (e.g., AA,NA, Celebrate Recovery, Iron Tribe).

"It isn't just about getting out of prison; it's about getting prison out of you."

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