New substance abuse recovery program helping inmates stay sober after treatment

Separate housing and targeted care are provided to prevent relapse
Posted at 5:59 PM, Jul 09, 2019

BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A new program at Northpoint Training Center is helping inmates stay sober after treatment.

Christopher Miller is an inmate at Northpoint Training Center. He has had his battle with demons, but now, he is in recovery and he wants to do better for his son.

"I always seek pleasure from drugs whether it be alcohol or marijuana, just different things. It led me from a kid. I've had friends die from overdoses," said Miller.

The new program, SOAR, or Supporting Others in Active Recovery, is already making an impact. SOAR is the next step after substance abuse treatment. They provide separate housing and targeted care to prevent relapse.

"It doesn't look at treatment as some 28 day program, or some six month program, or a year long program. It looks at it as a lifelong commitment to clean and sober living," said Justice & Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley.

There are 55 participants in the program so far, which started about three months ago. Miller said he's already learning helpful skills.

"It's teaching us triggers that our minds have that triggers us to alcohol and drug use. Just from idle time, when you're not working. There are positive things I could be doing out there, instead of running to bars or doing drugs," said Miller.