Meth, heroin, coke, booze ... I've snorted, injected and smoked most all there is. I've been down those roads too many times. I've cleaned up, lived right, and still went back down those roads. I believe it's a choice. I choose not to .. So I don't.
In prison we face the same choice, although the drugs are pricey, diseases, are epidemic, and many prisoners are doing life - some on the installment plan - and have surrendered to this lifestyle. Some look to a Higher Power to stay clean and others dwell in rehab programs.
Although I do not take away from those who have prospered and and gotten clean, the ADOC substance abuse programs leave much to be desired. The instructors are guards and/or prisoners and the programs aren't being run as they were designed. Mainly they are "war-story" and bitch sessions.
Recently, the ADOC is requiring all prisoners enroll in these programs and other similar programs, like Anger Management and Pre-Release. I have repeatedly graduated and even instructed some of these programs, yet I am required to stay enrolled.
It's speculated that ADOC is requiring we enroll for financial reasons. Tax-payers fund these programs, even if the funds go elsewhere within ADOC. No enrollees means no tax-payer funds. We weren't enrolling much, so it has become required.
Now, every Wednesday I attend four programs. Yes, ADOC has crammed all programs where I am into one day. I'd request ADOC provide a Time Management program, but my Wednesdays are already full.
Ironically, the head medical services administrator for ADOC is a drug addict on probation for self-prescribing controlled substances and lying to the Az. Medical Board (more on this in my next entry.)
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