SAP program at the Boyle County Detention Center

The Shepherd’s House SAP program at the Boyle County Detention Center is a six-month program which is structured in phases. Shepherd’s House provides 35 hours of evidence-based programming each week. Programming begins at 8:00am and ends at 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Clients follow a daily schedule that is based on their current phase. Classes, activities, and groups are designated blocks of time. There is an orientation phase followed by four additional phases. Orientation will last one week. Phases 1,2 and 3 will typically last seven weeks, and Phase 4 (re-entry) will last for four weeks. Clients move from class to class and activity to activity throughout the day. Each day consist of core curriculum course work, secondary curriculum course work, 12-step work, group therapy, process groups, activities, wellness activities, and accountability. Each client follows an individualized treatment plan and meets with his primary counselor weekly to discuss his treatment goals as well as his progress in the program.

Although program hours run from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, that does not mean treatment stops in the evenings or on weekends. Our SAP program is based on the Therapeutic Community (TC) model. Therapeutic communities have a recovery orientation, focusing on the whole person and overall lifestyle changes, not simply abstinence from drug use. Recovery is seen as a gradual, ongoing process of cognitive change through clinical interventions, and it is expected that it will take time for program participants to advance through the phases of the program, setting personal goals along the way. Therapeutic Communities encourage clients to look at their personal behavior to help them become more social and to begin living in a right and healthy manner. Our Therapeutic Community is based on honesty, taking responsibility, hard work, and willingness to learn. As residents in the program progress through the phases of this program, they assume greater personal and social responsibilities in the community. We expect clients to progress in their recovery and take on leadership roles within the Therapeutic Community.

Our Therapeutic Community expects active participation in group living and other activities which will lead to change and encourage clients to obtain their goals. By placing an emphasis on socialization and group reflection, clients take on some of the responsibility for their peers' recovery. An additional benefit of the Therapeutic Community is that clients learn to lean on one another and ask for help. This will aid the client when he is released and returns to his community. It will allow him to take advantage of his community based services as well as 12 step programming in his area. Relapse prevention is a big part of our treatment program, aiming to increase awareness and build coping skills to reduce the likelihood of relapse and recidivism. As they move toward completion of the Therapeutic Community program, participants are aided in connecting with formal aftercare and self-help groups in their community.