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NCJ Number: 162821 Find in a Library
Title: Posttreatment Supervision Challenges: Introducing Al- Anon, Nar-Anon, and Oxford House, Inc.
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:59  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1995)  Pages:18-26
Author(s): E M Read
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Probation officers trying to address the challenge of balancing the often-conflicting family dynamics that threaten to offset potential gains made by addicted offenders can pursue the options of companion community resources such as Al Anon and Nar-Anon for family members and Oxford Houses for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.
Abstract: Alcoholism and drug addiction are rampant within the criminal offender population. Probation officers typically have neither the professional resources nor the time to address the needs of family members, although the family holds a pivotal position with respect to the addict's recovery or continuation in addiction. A typical nonrecovering family follows strong and unwritten rules that undermine the addict's recovery. The addict's chances for recovery will greatly improve if the family is involved in a 12-step self-help group recovery process. In addition, probation officers should also follow general guidelines in working with family members or loved ones. For addicted offenders who may be triggered into relapse by their home environments, Oxford Houses offer a housing option. They are self-run, self-supported houses for groups of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. In 1993, a total of 470 Oxford Houses were operating in 35 States. Oxford Houses have three rules: self-governance, financial self-support, and expulsion of any resident who relapses. Answers to questions and answers about 12-step programs and Oxford Houses and recommended guidelines for use by probation officers. Reference notes
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Criminology; Domestic relations; Drug treatment programs; Family support; Group homes; Probation casework; Self-help programs
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