Drug Abuse Education

Program Description Drug Abuse Education is designed to encourage inmates with a history of drug use to review the
consequences of their choice to use drugs and the physical, social, and psychological impacts of this choice. Drug Abuse Education is designed to motivate appropriate inmates to participate in drug abuse treatment, as needed; Drug Abuse Education is not drug treatment.
Time Frame Drug Abuse Education is a 12-15 hour educational course. Class lengths and times are varied to
meet the scheduling needs of each institution. Since the goal of Drug Abuse Education is to
motivate inmates to participate in treatment, they are given the opportunity to participate in the
course at the beginning of their sentence, ordinarily within the first 12 months.
Admission Criteria Inmates are required to participate in Drug Abuse Education if any of the following criteria are met: their substance use contributed to the instant offense; their substance use resulted in a supervised release violation; a significant substance use history is noted; or a judicial recommendation for substance abuse treatment is noted. Additionally, any inmate may volunteer to take the course.
Program Content Participants in Drug Abuse Education receive information on what distinguishes drug use, abuse, and addiction. Participants in the course also review their individual drug use histories, explore evidence of the nexus between drug use and crime, and identify negative consequences of continued drug abuse.
Empirical Support Research has demonstrated psycho-educational techniques are effective motivational strategies,
particularly in moving individuals toward seriously considering a significant life change.
Applicable Policies 5330.11 CN-1 Psychology Treatment Programs
Institution Locations All Bureau facilities offer the Drug Abuse Education Program.