Running Time: 55 minutes
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Every year about 600,000 men and women, roughly 1,600 a day, are released from state and federal prisons to return to their communities. The stresses of dealing with housing, employment, health care and relationships, can result in a return to self-defeating mindsets and behaviors. Also, freedom on the street presents relapse traps for offenders with a history of substance abuse, and the homecoming can trigger mixed emotions for family members.
With a group of residents at an adult transition center, Michael Johnson teaches successful strategies for re-entry by focusing on lifestyle changes, and emphasizing the importance of having a strong support system, setting goals, and staying focused on your basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, and transportation. These are the things your clients need to avoid falling back into the old lifestyle of alcohol, drugs and crime. Johnson also discusses the importance of tolerance, patience, and endurance as a way to meet the challenges of re-entry.