Evidence-Based Services 

NAK Union Recovering Addict Program is based on the current Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Recovering addicts Re-entry Model. The GDC Recovering addicts Re-Entry Model, Figure 4, provides effective opportunities for the rehabilitation, restitution and restoration of recovering addicts before they return to the greater community.

The model begins in the Diagnostic Process, by conducting a comprehensive assessment of the needs and security risks of every recovering addict entering the GDC system. The assessment results drives the classification of addicts and their assignments as warranted and risk reduction programs, which include cognitive behavior, substance abuse education, GED and vocational classes, and our Faith and Character-based programs.

GDC also has expanded its Re-Entry initiatives beyond the traditional prison setting with the addition of seven new Pre-Release Centers across the state. Pre-Release Centers are a new concept in Georgia. They are designed to give recovering addicts additional work experience, cognitive skill, vocational and AA/NA treatment programs prior to release. Inmates are selected within two to three years of their scheduled release. Sentence and classification dependent, most inmates will go through transition/work release centers prior to going home.

Most returning recovering addicts transition into the community through either probation or parole. Re-Entry initiatives provide effective opportunities for recovering addicts entering community supervision to achieve positive change and to become productive members of society.

Figure 4

 

NAK Union Recovering Addicts Re-entry Program (NURARP) emulates this model by not only collaborating with GDC to determine the assessment and resources provided to the individual ex-recovering addicts, but also by replicating all steps of the model in a smaller scale program while targeting Veteran recovering addicts in Metro Atlanta. Our own process is very similar to the GDC model, beginning with a thorough assessment supported by community referrals and linkages, and leading recovering addicts through a multi-phased process designed to optimize re-entry. Our replication of the GDC model provides continuity and familiarity to our participants and allows us to better work with and support GDC efforts.