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John has been addicted to heroin for almost 35 years and has been in and out of jail all the time. His drug-related crimes have repeatedly put him in prison and his behavior is not much better inside. Now an intensive treatment program used in two Sydney prisons has taken John off the drugs, stopped him in custody, and turned his life around

John has been addicted to heroin for the past 35 years and has been in and out of jail all the time.

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His drug-related crimes never seemed to end and his behavior was not much better inside.

Now an intensive treatment program used in two Sydney prisons has taken John off drugs, he has prevented it from being a threat in custody and, according to John, his life was turning.

The Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program (IDATP) at the John Morony Correctional Complex in north-west Sydney is available to male and female prisoners whose drug use is linked to their other crimes.

The six to eight month program includes therapy sessions, healthcare and preparation for release aimed at tackling drug addiction and subsequent violations.

John has been addicted to heroin for almost 35 years and has been in and out of jail all the time. His drug-related crimes have repeatedly put him in prison and his behavior is not much better inside. Now an intensive treatment program used in two Sydney prisons has taken John off the drugs, stopped him in custody, and turned his life around

John has been addicted to heroin for almost 35 years and has been in and out of jail all the time. His drug-related crimes have repeatedly put him in prison and his behavior is not much better inside. Now an intensive treatment program used in two Sydney prisons has taken John off the drugs, stopped him in custody, and turned his life around

The Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program at the John Morony Correctional Complex in north-west Sydney is available to male and female prisoners whose drug use is linked to their crime. The six to eight month program includes therapy sessions, healthcare and preparation for release aimed at tackling drug addiction and abusive behavior
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The Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program at the John Morony Correctional Complex in north-west Sydney is available to male and female prisoners whose drug use is linked to their crime. The six to eight month program includes therapy sessions, healthcare and preparation for release aimed at tackling drug addiction and abusive behavior

The Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program at the John Morony Correctional Complex in north-west Sydney is available to male and female prisoners whose drug use is linked to their crime. The six to eight month program includes therapy sessions, healthcare and preparation for release aimed at tackling drug addiction and abusive behavior

& # 39; Another big part of it is frequent and random urine analysis & # 39 ;, says program manager Karen Barbara. & # 39; The research on urine analysis is that it really is a quiet, crucial component. & # 39; This means that prisoners can be tested randomly up to three times a week, much more often than in other prisons. A prison officer is shown outside where detainees are being tested

& # 39; Another big part of it is frequent and random urine analysis & # 39 ;, says program manager Karen Barbara. & # 39; The research on urine analysis is that it really is a quiet, crucial component. & # 39; This means that prisoners can be tested randomly up to three times a week, much more often than in other prisons. A prison officer is shown outside where detainees are being tested

& # 39; Another big part of it is frequent and random urine analysis & # 39 ;, says program manager Karen Barbara. & # 39; The research on urine analysis is that it really is a quiet, crucial component. & # 39; This means that prisoners can be tested randomly up to three times a week, much more often than in other prisons. A prison officer is shown outside where detainees are being tested

All participants must work or attend educational courses and the detainees are subject to more frequent random drug tests.

A new investigation by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has shown that the prison violations of male prisoners who had completed the program had decreased by 73 percent.

The 12-month study looked at male IDATP offenders since 2012 and compared the percentage of their misconduct in prisons before participating in the program with the rate that was subsequently set.

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John has been regularly in prison and youth institutions since he was fifteen. & # 39; In and out for the last 20 years, from juvie to jail & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; I have never been able to say no to drugs, especially heroin. & # 39;

This time, John has served four years and expects to be released in ten weeks when he takes the streets drug free for the first time since his teens.

A study by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found that the prison violations of male detainees who had participated in the intensive drug and alcohol treatment program were reduced by 73 percent. The 12-month study looked at male IDATP offenders since 2012 and compared the percentage of their misconduct in prisons before participating in the program with the rate after

A study by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found that the prison violations of male detainees who had participated in the intensive drug and alcohol treatment program were reduced by 73 percent. The 12-month study looked at male IDATP offenders since 2012 and compared the percentage of their misconduct in prisons before participating in the program with the rate after

A study by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found that the prison violations of male detainees who had participated in the intensive drug and alcohol treatment program were reduced by 73 percent. The 12-month study looked at male IDATP offenders since 2012 and compared the percentage of their misconduct in prisons before participating in the program with the rate after

Structured activities such as touch football and meditation are also used and all prisoners must follow or follow a course. Detainees who stick to the program and remain drug-free are rewarded with treats that they cannot normally get in jail at the end of the week. Sometimes it's chicken schnitzel, a mango or meat pie. On Friday they were Vietnamese sandwiches

Structured activities such as touch football and meditation are also used and all prisoners must follow or follow a course. Detainees who stick to the program and remain drug-free are rewarded with treats that they cannot normally get in jail at the end of the week. Sometimes it's chicken schnitzel, a mango or meat pie. On Friday they were Vietnamese sandwiches

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Structured activities such as touch football and meditation are also used and all prisoners must follow or follow a course. Detainees who stick to the program and remain drug-free are rewarded with treats that they cannot normally get in jail at the end of the week. Sometimes it's chicken schnitzel, a mango or meat pie. On Friday they were Vietnamese sandwiches

He credits IDATP for his success.

& # 39; For me it has just been repeated the last 20 years. I get out and go back. It has been that cycle for 20 years.

& # 39; This program helped me break that cycle. After doing the program I know it will be different this time. & # 39;

Program manager Karen Barbara said that IDATP focused on group work and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Structured activities such as touch football, meditation and mindfulness sessions are also part of the program.

& # 39; We want to make sure they are really involved, & # 39; said Barbara.

Preparing for reintegration into the community was also vital.

& # 39; The investigation will always tell us that having that aftercare is really important to prevent relapse and relapse, & # 39; said Barbara.

The two facilities in the John Morony complex that participate in the program are the Dillwynia Correctional Center for women and the men's center for the outer Metropolitan multi-purpose centers (photo). There are currently around 60 prisoners involved in the program. IDATP does not accept detainees who serve large amounts of drugs or sexual offenses against children

The two facilities in the John Morony complex that participate in the program are the Dillwynia Correctional Center for women and the men's center for the outer Metropolitan multi-purpose centers (photo). There are currently around 60 prisoners involved in the program. IDATP does not accept detainees who serve large amounts of drugs or sexual offenses against children

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The two facilities in the John Morony complex that participate in the program are the Dillwynia Correctional Center for women and the men's center for the outer Metropolitan multi-purpose centers (photo). There are currently around 60 prisoners involved in the program. IDATP does not accept detainees who serve large amounts of drugs or sexual offenses against children

NSW Minister for Corrections Anthony Roberts said: & We want to build safer and stronger communities, and to do that we need to ensure that prisoners get the help they need to tackle their offensive behavior, reintegrate stay in society and out of prison. & # 39; Shown is a typical & # 39; one-out & # 39; cell in the outer multilateral multi-response center

NSW Minister for Corrections Anthony Roberts said: & We want to build safer and stronger communities, and to do that we need to ensure that prisoners get the help they need to tackle their offensive behavior, reintegrate stay in society and out of prison. & # 39; Shown is a typical & # 39; one-out & # 39; cell in the outer multilateral multi-response center

NSW Minister for Corrections Anthony Roberts said: & We want to build safer and stronger communities, and to do that we need to ensure that prisoners get the help they need to tackle their offensive behavior, reintegrate stay in society and out of prison. & # 39; Shown is a typical & # 39; one-out & # 39; cell in the outer multilateral multi-response center

The two facilities of the John Morony complex that participate in the program are the Dillwynia Correctional Center for women and the men's center for the outer Metropolitan multi-purpose centers.

There are currently 60 prisoners in therapy. IDATP does not accept detainees who serve large amounts of drugs or sexual offenses against children.

The men's prison is converted from minimal security to medium, allowing a larger swimming pool to participate in the courses.

Some participants will approach the prison authorities to seek help, others will be referred by case plan managers.

The prisoners in each group form part of their own rules. & # 39; We need to give them a sense of ownership & # 39 ;, Barbara said.

On a whiteboard are the group's own rules, including: & # 39; What is said in group stays in group & # 39 ;, & # 39; Don't talk about each other & # 39; and & # 39; No unacceptable language & # 39 ;.

The group also determines that its members do not wear caps or sunglasses during therapy sessions, that they are & # 39; kind to each other & # 39; and always be punctual.

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& # 39; If someone leaves the rules, the supervisor will bring them back at the end of the session and remind them that these are the rules they came up with together & # 39 ;, Barbara said.

The prisoners in each group form part of their own rules. & # 39; We need to give them a sense of ownership & # 39 ;, said program director Karen Barbara. On a whiteboard are the group's own rules, including: & # 39; What is said in group stays in group & # 39 ;, & # 39; Don't talk about each other & # 39; and & # 39; No unacceptable language & # 39 ;. This group also prohibited hats and sunglasses during therapy sessions

The prisoners in each group form part of their own rules. & # 39; We need to give them a sense of ownership & # 39 ;, said program director Karen Barbara. On a whiteboard are the group's own rules, including: & # 39; What is said in group stays in group & # 39 ;, & # 39; Don't talk about each other & # 39; and & # 39; No unacceptable language & # 39 ;. This group also prohibited hats and sunglasses during therapy sessions

The prisoners in each group form part of their own rules. & # 39; We need to give them a sense of ownership & # 39 ;, said program director Karen Barbara. On a whiteboard are the group's own rules, including: & # 39; What is said in group stays in group & # 39 ;, & # 39; Don't talk about each other & # 39; and & # 39; No unacceptable language & # 39 ;. This group also prohibited hats and sunglasses during therapy sessions

Program manager Karen Barbara (left) says that IDATP focused on group work where detainees underwent cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychologist Samara Campion (right) says that the program only worked because the detainees had the advantage of dedicated, competent and experienced staff. & # 39; Sometimes it's the first time someone cares about them & # 39;

Program manager Karen Barbara (left) says that IDATP focused on group work where detainees underwent cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychologist Samara Campion (right) says that the program only worked because the detainees had the advantage of dedicated, competent and experienced staff. & # 39; Sometimes it's the first time someone cares about them & # 39;

Program manager Karen Barbara (left) says that IDATP focused on group work where detainees underwent cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychologist Samara Campion (right) says that the program only worked because the detainees had the advantage of dedicated, competent and experienced staff. & # 39; Sometimes it's the first time someone cares about them & # 39;

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A new group is introduced every two to three weeks. In a typical group, 12 can start but only eight will end, & Barbara said.

& # 39; Addiction is a chronic and relapsing condition and some people will not be able to survive the program. & # 39;

Some in the program will delete themselves and some will be deleted by staff.

& # 39; Another big part of it is frequent and random urine analysis, & # 39; said Barbara. & # 39; The research on urine analysis is that it really is a quiet, crucial component. & # 39;

This means that prisoners can be tested randomly up to three times a week, much more often than in other prisons.

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& # 39; We are trying to make sure we see progress & # 39 ;, Barbara said. & # 39; They cannot complete the program until they have shown abstinence for eight weeks. & # 39;

The most common drugs used by detainees are buprenorphine, usually produced as a patch to treat opioid addiction and known as & # 39; bupe & # 39; and crystal methamphetamine or ice.

A prisoner in the intensive drug and alcohol treatment program at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Center in north-west Sydney uses art as part of his therapy. The organizers of the program hope to introduce an art competition for prisoners

A prisoner in the intensive drug and alcohol treatment program at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Center in north-west Sydney uses art as part of his therapy. The organizers of the program hope to introduce an art competition for prisoners

A prisoner in the intensive drug and alcohol treatment program at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Center in north-west Sydney uses art as part of his therapy. The organizers of the program hope to introduce an art competition for prisoners

Prisoners make a list of problems that may cause them problems or have caused problems on a whiteboard in the past. & # 39; Shoelaces stolen & # 39 ;, & # 39; S *** phone call & # 39 ;, & # 39; Disagree with screw & # 39 ;, & # 39; Fighting in wing & # 39 ;, & # 39; Fighting outside & # 39 ;, & # 39; Fighting with partner & # 39 ;, & # 39; being late for funeral & # 39;

Prisoners make a list of problems that may cause them problems or have caused problems on a whiteboard in the past. & # 39; Shoelaces stolen & # 39 ;, & # 39; S *** phone call & # 39 ;, & # 39; Disagree with screw & # 39 ;, & # 39; Fighting in wing & # 39 ;, & # 39; Fighting outside & # 39 ;, & # 39; Fighting with partner & # 39 ;, & # 39; being late for funeral & # 39;

Prisoners make a list of problems that may cause them problems or have caused problems on a whiteboard in the past. & # 39; Shoelaces stolen & # 39 ;, & # 39; S *** phone call & # 39 ;, & # 39; Disagree with screw & # 39 ;, & # 39; Fighting in wing & # 39 ;, & # 39; Fighting outside & # 39 ;, & # 39; Fighting with partner & # 39 ;, & # 39; being late for funeral & # 39;

& # 39; It's been a bit copied where heroin used to be & # 39 ;, Barbara said about ice, which, just like bupe, can easily be smuggled in.

For John, jail could never stop him taking drugs until now.

& # 39; I always used drugs while in prison & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; Getting drugs into prison is just one step away. One door away. I could never say no. & # 39;

Psychologist Samara Campion is the therapeutic manager of the program and said that IDATP only worked because the prisoners benefited from dedicated, competent and experienced staff.

& # 39; Sometimes it's the first time someone really cares about them and their recovery. & # 39;

Detainees who stick to the program and remain drug-free are rewarded with treats that they cannot normally get in jail at the end of the week. Sometimes it's chicken schnitzel, a mango or meat pie. On Friday they were Vietnamese sandwiches.

Those who have completed the program take part in a ceremony attended by the family, where they have to give a speech that Mrs. Barbara said can be incredibly powerful.

& # 39; We make a big deal when they graduate, & # 39; she said. & # 39; It is a great achievement for them. & # 39;

Corrective services NSW Assistant Commissioner Anne Marie Martin of offender services and programs, welcomed the BOCSAR findings with better behavior of detainees at John Morony. & # 39; Patients in IDATP undertake cognitive behavioral therapy, group support, education and vocational training and are helped to relocate to the community & # 39 ;, says Dr. Martin.

Corrective services NSW Assistant Commissioner Anne Marie Martin of offender services and programs, welcomed the BOCSAR findings with better behavior of detainees at John Morony. & # 39; Patients in IDATP undertake cognitive behavioral therapy, group support, education and vocational training and are helped to relocate to the community & # 39 ;, says Dr. Martin.

Corrective services NSW Assistant Commissioner Anne Marie Martin of offender services and programs, welcomed the BOCSAR findings with better behavior of detainees at John Morony. & # 39; Patients in IDATP undertake cognitive behavioral therapy, group support, education and vocational training and are helped to relocate to the community & # 39 ;, says Dr. Martin.

New South Wales Correction Minister Anthony Roberts said the government is committed to reducing recidivism and ensuring that more detainees have participated in programs that address their behavior.

& # 39; We want to build safer and stronger communities, and to do that, detainees must get the help they need to tackle their offensive behavior, reintegrate into society and stay out of prison & # 39; said Roberts.

& # 39; Offenders must want to change their behavior and we must give them the right programs to help them reach that point in their lives – IDATP is now proven to work. & # 39;

John, who sends a punishment for committing drug-related offenses and invading and entering them, has only four weeks to go before completing the program.

& # 39; It was a big, big advantage, & # 39; he said. & # 39; The program has done a lot for me. They have helped me so much with support.

& # 39; I can say no to heroin, to ice. I have so much faith. They have taught me so much knowledge that I can use – everyday things, just dealing with emotions and thoughts, dealing with other people.

& # 39; It helped me to see everything differently. I have changed so much that I have come to where I am now. & # 39;

John's & # 39; s behavior inside had improved remarkably and he hoped to take it outside.

For the first time in Tom's life, he was now drug-free. & # 39; I was surprised myself, & # 39; says the 29 year old. & # 39; I thought I wouldn't last in this program. & # 39; Tom says he is also better prepared for the release and knew there was support when he went out. & # 39; The last time I got out and the time before and the time before, I got out without a pre-release program. I came straight back to heroin

For the first time in Tom's life, he was now drug-free. & # 39; I was surprised myself, & # 39; says the 29 year old. & # 39; I thought I wouldn't last in this program. & # 39; Tom says he is also better prepared for the release and knew there was support when he went out. & # 39; The last time I got out and the time before and the time before, I got out without a pre-release program. I came straight back to heroin

For the first time in Tom's life, he was now drug-free. & # 39; I was surprised myself, & # 39; says the 29 year old. & # 39; I thought I wouldn't last in this program. & # 39; Tom says he is also better prepared for the release and knew there was support when he went out. & # 39; The last time I got out and the time before and the time before, I got out without a pre-release program. I came straight back to heroin

John, who sends a punishment for committing drug-related offenses and invading and entering them, has only four weeks to go before completing the program. & # 39; It was a big, big advantage & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; The program has done a lot for me. They have helped me so much with support. & # 39; I can say no to heroin, to ice. I have so much faith. They have taught me so much & # 39;

John, who sends a punishment for committing drug-related offenses and invading and entering them, has only four weeks to go before completing the program. & # 39; It was a big, big advantage & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; The program has done a lot for me. They have helped me so much with support. & # 39; I can say no to heroin, to ice. I have so much faith. They have taught me so much & # 39;

John, who sends a punishment for committing drug-related offenses and invading and entering them, has only four weeks to go before completing the program. & # 39; It was a big, big advantage & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; The program has done a lot for me. They have helped me so much with support. & # 39; I can say no to heroin, to ice. I have so much faith. They have taught me so much & # 39;

& # 39; In the past it was not the best, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Fighting, intimidating, lifting drugs. Really antisocial, getting into trouble with drugs and violent things. I now have no problems with other prisoners. & # 39;

When he leaves prison in September, John believes he will be able to continue straight. & # 39; I'm done, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I am prepared. & # 39;

But he warned that the program would not work for everyone. & # 39; It only works for people who really want to quit. & # 39;

Tom has about nine months left to serve a minimum of four years for a break and to come in. Like John, he was addicted to heroin since he was around 15.

The 29-year-old has been on the program for eight months and admits that it was not always easy.

& # 39; In the beginning, I didn't do so well, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Because I didn't want to be in the program. I just didn't want to be here. And later I realized that there were a few things that I had to tackle. & # 39;

Tom was abused as a boy and had a post-traumatic stress disorder during adulthood.

& # 39; I had a beautiful childhood, & # 39; says Tom (photo). & # 39; I didn't know how to fit. All I knew was drugs. & # 39; I had a lot of problems when I entered. I thought I was afraid I was only using drugs. It wasn't. & # 39; Before I started the program, I just went out, do the same. I did not know the emotions I felt, what I should call them. The only thing I knew was that I could take the drugs. & # 39;

& # 39; I had a beautiful childhood, & # 39; says Tom (photo). & # 39; I didn't know how to fit. All I knew was drugs. & # 39; I had a lot of problems when I entered. I thought I was afraid I was only using drugs. It wasn't. & # 39; Before I started the program, I just went out, do the same. I did not know the emotions I felt, what I should call them. The only thing I knew was that I could take the drugs. & # 39;

& # 39; I had a beautiful childhood, & # 39; says Tom (photo). & # 39; I didn't know how to fit. All I knew was drugs. & # 39; I had a lot of problems when I entered. I thought I was afraid I was only using drugs. It wasn't. & # 39; Before I started the program, I just went out, do the same. I did not know the emotions I felt, what I should call them. The only thing I knew was that I could take the drugs. & # 39;

& # 39; I had a beautiful childhood, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I didn't know how to fit. All I knew was drugs.

& # 39; I had a lot of problems when I entered. I thought I was afraid I was only using drugs. It wasn't.

& # 39; Before I started the program, I just went out, do the same.

& # 39; I didn't know these emotions that I felt, what I should call them. The only thing I knew was using drugs. & # 39;

For the first time in his life he was now free of drugs. & # 39; I was surprised myself, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I thought I wouldn't last in this program. & # 39;

Tom said he was better prepared for release and knew there was support when he went out.

& # 39; The last time I got out and the time before and the time before, I got out without a pre-release program.

& # 39; I came straight back to heroin.

& # 39; Ask all boys in their fifties and sixties. They keep coming back, in and out. I don't want to do the same. & # 39;

Tom does not want to enter his 30s addicted to drugs and thinks he will be able to stay clean.

& # 39; I'm going to give it a go. & # 39;

& # 39; Ask all boys in their fifties and sixties, & # 39; says Tom. & # 39; They keep coming back, in and out. I don't want to do the same. & # 39; He does not want to be addicted to drugs in his 30s and thinks he will be able to stay clean. & # 39; I'm going to care a bit & # 39;

& # 39; Ask all boys in their fifties and sixties, & # 39; says Tom. & # 39; They keep coming back, in and out. I don't want to do the same. & # 39; He does not want to be addicted to drugs in his 30s and thinks he will be able to stay clean. & # 39; I'm going to care a bit & # 39;

& # 39; Ask all boys in their fifties and sixties, & # 39; says Tom. & # 39; They keep coming back, in and out. I don't want to do the same. & # 39; He does not want to be addicted to drugs in his 30s and thinks he will be able to stay clean. & # 39; I'm going to care a bit & # 39;

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