Inmates in a substance abuse recovery program at Utah State Prison participated in National Recovery Day to bring awareness to the challenges of overcoming substance abuse and to celebrate those in recovery. About 300 inmates at the Promontory facility met with community organizations during the event to establish connections to aid in a successful transition after release from prison. The first few weeks after an inmate’s release from custody are critical to success, and inmates are encouraged to connect with organizations and people who will support their sobriety once they return to the community.
“As we invest resources while people are still incarcerated they are more prepared to return to the community,” said Treatment Program Director Randi Peterson. “They have more connections. They have more resources. They have more reasons to stay out, which makes our community safer.”
About 30 informational booths from community treatment providers, shared information on programs and services offered inside the facility and after release. Organizations at the fair include; Alcoholics Anonymous, Labor Ready, yoga, recovery centers, faith communities, Department of Workforce Services, and many others.
Every September the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance abuse disorders.
-Public Information Office, September 11, 2017