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The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt) works to help people with drug and alcohol dependence, both in prison and in the community, overcome the grip of addiction and lead positive lives, free from drugs and crime.
In 1992 RAPt founded the first drug treatment facility in a UK prison. They now provide abstinence-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes in UK prisons, and provide high-quality drug and alcohol services to over 20,000 people every year within the criminal justice system and in the community.
RAPt developed a 12 Step drug treatment programme for men and women caught up in the criminal justice system. These have proved extremely successful in helping prisoners regain control of their lives and their offending. The programme lasts approximately 16 weeks and involves group work, counselling, complementary therapies and community activities on a prison wing in which a drug-free environment is enforced.
RAPt provides Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice and Through-care services (CARAT) on contract to HMPS in 25 prisons. The CARAT team engages with prisoners when they arrive into custody and completes an initial assessment of need. All prisoners identified with substance misuse issues will work with a CARAT worker to look at treatment plans and harm reduction initiatives. They will also work with prisoners with release planning and through-care.
RAPt provides an abstinence-based day programme and single point of contact helpline on contract to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Drug Action Team: the Island Day Programme. It operates a residential rehabilitation centre in Hull, The Bridges, set up to help offenders resettle into the community when they leave prison and runs the A-team in Birmingham and the Hull Alcohol Recovery Treatment, catering for problem alcohol users in the community.
Last updated on 17/04/2015
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