On September 10, 2013, Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic’s Secure Residential Treatment Program (SRTP) in Washington, D.C. celebrated its 13th Completion Ceremony. Seven men were recognized for successful completion of the program. These men will leave the Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF) in the upcoming month to go to a transitional house.
The ceremony’s speaker was Ms. Brenda Samuel, MA, CAC II. Ms. Samuel works as a consultant for Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic where she advises our treatment for criminal thinking, socialization, and relapse prevention.
Ms. Samuel spoke on the subject of “Building a Foundation Within.” She asked men who completed the program to tap into their 12 inner powers that could not be purchased: imagination; understanding; forgiveness of self and others; strength, wisdom, and enlightenment; energy and vibration; enthusiasm; insight and inspiration; intuition; faith even as small as a mustard seed; love; and peace. She also reminded everyone in attendance that addiction is a chronic disease for which there is no cure, but one that can be managed.
After being introduced by their counselors, each individual received a certificate acknowledging their commendable achievements.
The United States Parole Commission (USPC) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) were represented at the Completion Ceremony. Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic’s staff members were also in attendance.
The next scheduled Completion Ceremony is October 8, 2013.
Recovering from addiction is a long, arduous journey. We admire our clients’ courage for taking this important step and staying on track to successful completion. Congratulations to our brave clients. We wish them all the best with their recovery!
About the Secure Residential Treatment Program (SRTP)
Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic has been responsible for the Secure Residential Treatment Program (SRTP) in the Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF), Washington, D.C., since July 2, 2012. This program is conducted under the auspices of a contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
The SRTP provides six months of intensive substance abuse and criminal thinking treatment to men who are incarcerated for violations of their probation or parole requirements. Substance abuse and criminal thinking have led to their repeated brushes with the law. The overall goal of the program is to reduce recidivism through intensive substance abuse treatment and supervised transition.
Men who participate in the intensive six months of treatment inside the CTF are identified by the United States Parole Commission (USPC) and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA). Intensive treatment is followed by three months of supervised transition and outpatient care.
Clients follow an intensive schedule of individual and group therapy, which helps them learn about the disease of addiction, self-diagnose, develop relapse prevention and recovery plans, and adjust their thinking to increase their chances of success once they complete the program. While in treatment, they also participate in special groups to enhance their use of leisure time, encourage their creativity, improve their reading and overcome their prior experiences with trauma.
Every day, Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic helps hundreds of people who are suffering from addiction in 17 programs in Virginia, Maryland and DC. Find out more about our programs and services, or call us today at: 1 888 671 9392.