A Healthier beginning
by Gabrielle9 on November 5, 2015 - 11:55pm
Drugs are pervasive and are therefore very present in our society. Indeed, it has been mentioned that even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is considering the official legalization of marijuana. Unfortunately, this will only worsen the drug abuse problem. Consequently, we must find a long-term solution to better, if not, solve this issue. A good place to start would be targeting a place where there are many drug abuser; prison. Fortunately, there are programs, projects and studies that are put in place to provide aid for prisoners who are involved with drugs such as Project BRITE which stands for: Behavioural Reinforcement to Increase Treatment Engagement. This was a four-year study of a prison-based drug treatment program that test the impacts of positive reinforcement on inmates.
Project BRITE consists of an institutional staff, a treatment staff and of course, the inmates. This was a four-year study that evaluated the consequences of positive reinforcement on inmates of both genders in twelve week intensive drug treatment programs. Out of 1,600 male inmates, there were forty-eight spots available. Out of one hundred and seventy-five female inmates, there were twenty-four slots. Moreover, this experiment consisted of seventy-two hours of ‘’cognitive behavioural treatment with three two-jour group sessions per week.’’ Indeed, the inmates participated in different treatment-related activities that promoted recovery and a healthy lifestyle. They used contingency management which is ‘’a behaviourally based protocol that involves the systematic application of positive reinforcement following the demonstration of a desired behaviour.’’ The first step of this conceptual model is to target a specific behaviour, the second step is behavioural reinforcement. The third step is to commence the treatment engagement with motivation, attendance, retention and completion. The fourth step is the physcosocial functioning which refers to the inmates’s interaction in a social environment. The fifth step is to evaluate their participation level, drug use and criminal behaviour. Interestingly enough, the members of BRITE noticed that this positive reinforcement increased the inmates’ engagement and motivation to participate. Moreover, they noted psychosocial improvement as well as a decrease in drug use and re-arrests. Indeed, project BRITE is one of many that are on the verge of possibly finding a long-term solution to drug abuse. This proves that treatment produces better results than punishment as it teaches, makes the inmate reflect and react in an appropriate manner.
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