Con-Quest substance abuse treatment program celebrated the accomplishments of 49 graduates June 22. The Con-Quest Program is a 12-18 month therapeutic community program within the Promontory Facility at Utah State Prison. The ceremony acknowledged the hard work needed for each of the individuals to complete the intensive program.
The keynote speaker was long-time Con-Quest counselor Desiree Conley. Resident speakers included, Joby Romano and Antonio Martinez. They gave moving and inspirational speeches to the graduating class to help motivate them to retain and use the tools and knowledge they gained from the program.
There are several challenges presented to the residents during Con-Quest in order to confront their past though behavioral processes and reduce the risk of returning to the behaviors that led to their incarceration. They complete Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) books to recognize the errors in their thinking when they arrive.
Each resident in the program also has a role and performs specific duties within the therapeutic community. In addition to daily operations, they complete individualized treatment plans developed with their therapist to target the criminogenic needs they have struggled with in the past and focus on how to improve on strengths.
Recidivism rates are much lower for residents who complete one of the three therapeutic community treatment programs (Con-Quest, Hope, or Ex-Cell). Recent research indicates residents of the programs at the Utah State Prison have a return-to-prison rate that is approximately one-third of those who leave prison without program participation.
- Public Information Office, June 2017