MDH Substance Abuse Treatment Program


The MDH Substance Abuse Treatment Program is an intensive 8-week community reintegration program developed exclusively for male offenders with a chronic history of substance use. The program has three overarching goals:


  • To assist residents in transitioning successfully from the institution to the community.

  • To provide residents with booster training to ensure the successful transfer of coping skills taught while incarcerated.

  • To focus on developing relapse prevention and maintenance skills that will facilitate a drug-free lifestyle.


The MDH Program is an open-ended program that permits continuous intake. It is offered over an eight week period. "Module 1: Orientation" and "Module 8: Reintegration" are delivered on a one-on-one basis. After completing Module 1 the participants enter the program at the beginning of any module.


Module 1: Orientation/Intake

Module 2: Housing/Financial

Module 3: Managing Emotions/Stress Prevention

Module 4: Communication

Module 5: Leisure/Recreation

Module 6: Employment

Module 7: Family/Community

Module 8: Reintegration/Outtake


Module 1


  • Program Description

  • Assessment (Testing)

  • Determine Strengths and Challenges

  • Establish Personal Goals for Change

  • Develop a Maintenance Plan

Module 2-7


Morning Process (09:30 to 11:30)

  • Introduction

  • Review of Last Session

  • Set Weekly Goals

  • Review Problem Solving Worksheets

  • Review Maintenance Plans


Afternoon Process A (11:30 to 12:00)

  • Today’s Topic 

Afternoon Process B (13:00 to 15:00)

  • Refresher and Practice

  • Personal Assignments

Module 8

  • Program Debriefing

  • Post-assessment

  • Review Strengths and Challenges

  • Review Personal Goals for Change

  • Review Maintenance Plan

  • Prepare Discharge Plan

The program is also offered virtually. Clients may participate in the program using Microsoft Teams at one of our many partner CRFs in other regions.