Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Successful Reentry Starts with a Clear Mind

Reports estimate that 60% to 80% of all individuals in the criminal justice system have drug and alcohol use problems. Because it is such an enormous issue, alcohol and drug education and treatment are woven throughout GEO Reentry’s program components. These programs educate and motivate program participants to understand their alcohol or drug use patterns and their significance. This includes creating an environment and living situations that can support recovery and a drug- and alcohol-free existence experienced over a period of time.

Our alcohol and drug treatment begins upon entering the program, is reinforced by a proven curriculum, and concludes with the development of a relapse prevention plan for each participant. Through treatment, participants can identify their personal risk factors and environmental and psychological triggers, and work to put a necessary support network in place.


Upon entering the program, individuals are assessed using the Addiction Severity Index, an effective and reliable assessment tool used worldwide for substance use evaluation. The assessment addresses medical status, employment and support, drug use, alcohol use, legal status, family/social status and psychiatric status. These indicators uncover the risk and needs for each person and leads to an individual treatment plan.

Program Curricula

Participants are treated using two primary cognitive behavioral methods of substance use treatment – Moral Reconation Therapy® and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA). CBI-SA was developed by the University of Cincinnati Institute of Crime Science for individuals with a moderate-to-high need for substance use treatment. The approach promotes life balance, and provides interventions in personal development, employment, family and peer relations, anger management, motivation for change, and accountability in sustaining recovery.

Relapse Prevention Plan

A central part of the program includes training in relapse prevention, which teaches participants to identify early relapse warning signs and encourages alternative choices. The training provides individuals with decision-making tools to lower the risk of relapse. Case managers work with and monitor individuals throughout the aftercare process.