National Substance Abuse Programs

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) offers a variety of substance abuse programs. These include:

The goal of these programs is to help offenders avoid criminal behaviour and cope with challenging and stressful situations without using drugs and/or alcohol.

Research shows that these programs work. Men who complete them are less likely to reoffend after they have been released. They are also less likely to commit new offences. This includes new violent offences.

High Intensity National Substance Abuse Program

The high intensity national Substance Abuse Program targets men who have been assessed as being at a high risk to reoffend. It is for men whose substance use has been directly linked to their criminal behaviour. The program consists of 89 group sessions and several individual sessions as required. Each session is 2 hours long.

The program helps offenders explore what behaviours they have to change. They learn to identify risks and manage their behaviour, so that they can avoid relapse.

Moderate Intensity National Substance Abuse Program

The moderate intensity national Substance Abuse Program targets men who have been assessed as being at a moderate risk to reoffend. It is for men whose substance use was directly linked to their criminal behaviour. The program consists of 26 group sessions and 1 individual session. Each session is 2 hours long.

The program helps offenders explore what behaviours they have to change. They learn to identify risks and manage their behaviour, so that they can avoid relapse.

High Intensity Aboriginal Offender Substance Abuse Program

The high intensity Aboriginal Offender Substance Abuse Program targets Aboriginal men who have been assessed as being at a high risk to reoffend. It is for men whose substance use was directly linked to their criminal behaviour. The program involves Aboriginal Elders. It consists of 62 group sessions, 4 individual sessions. There are also 3 ceremonial group sessions. Each session is 2 hours long.

The program is designed to reduce the risk of relapse into substance abuse. It deals with the impact of addictions, taking into account the offender’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical needs. It also includes modern treatment techniques. Offenders learn how to recognize the need for change and understand the effects of substance abuse on criminal behaviour. This helps them manage risk and prevent relapse.

Moderate Intensity Aboriginal Offender Substance Abuse Program

The moderate intensity Aboriginal Offender Substance Abuse Program targets Aboriginal men who have been assessed as being at a moderate risk to reoffend. It is for men whose substance use has been directly linked to their criminal behaviour. The program consists of 35 group sessions and 2 individual sessions. There are also 2 ceremonial group sessions. Each session is about 2 hours long.

The program is designed to reduce the risk of relapse into substance abuse. It deals with the impact of addictions, taking into account the offender’s spriritual, emotional, mental, and physical needs. It also includes modern treatment techniques. The men learn how to understand the healing process and recognize the impacts of substance abuse. This helps them manage risk and prevent relapse.

National Pre-Release Substance Abuse Program

The national pre-release Substance Abuse Program targets men who have already completed a national Substance Abuse Program. The program consists of 4 sessions – either group or individual. Each session is 2 hours long.

The program is for offenders preparing for release. It helps them to be aware of potentially harmful situations in the community. It teaches them how to cope with these situations. They learn to set goals and prevent relapse. They also learn to build a healthy lifestyle and relationships. All of this helps them to successfuly complete their reintegration into the community.

National Substance Abuse Maintenance Program

The national Substance Abuse Maintenance Program targets men who have completed any of the other substance abuse programs. The number of sessions depends on the requirements of each offender. Each session is 2 hours long.

This program is used to refresh the lessons taught in the initial program. Offenders apply the skills they learned so they can monitor and cope with daily challenges and prevent relapse.