Alcohol and Drug Education, Treatment, and Relapse Prevention

ALADRUE is the agency’s three-tiered non-residential substance abuse program for offenders in various stages of drug/alcohol abuse and addiction. ALADRUE is available in all facilities across the state, and consists of three phases: Phase I- Psychoeducation; Phase II- Recovery; and Phase III- Relapse Prevention.

ALADRUE is one of the longest running programs within the West Virginia Division of Corrections. ALADRUE curriculum was developed to address the needs of incarcerated offenders who have used, abused, or who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. The premise of this program is to teach the participants the components of physical effects of drugs and alcohol on the body, disease of addiction and effective recovery programming.

ALADRUE is a three-tiered program that begins with Phase One: Pscyhoeducation, where offenders learn the types of substances abused, work to identify the negative effects of alcohol/drugs on their lives and bodies, and gain understanding in the use, misuse, abuse, and addiction of drugs/alcohol.

Phase One programming is followed by ALADRUE Phase Two: Recovery, which is rooted in the 12-step Model. During this phase, offenders learn the characteristics of the 12-step peer recovery model, the value of peer support to their recovery program, and begin work to obtain sponsorship within the community.

Phase Two programming is followed by ALADRUE Phase Three: Relapse Prevention, wherein cognitive-behavioral tools are utilized to assist the offender in making healthy lifestyle choices, using appropriate and effective coping strategies for relationship changes they will encounter while sober, and in appropriately dealing with emotions and feelings to avoid relapse triggers. It is in this phase that offenders develop an individual relapse prevention plan for long-term sobriety in the community.