Drug and alcohol treatment provider Phoenix Futures Scotland have published a report on Therapeutic Communities and the effect that they can have on women to make positive changes in their lives, recover from problematic substance use and reduce offending.
The ‘Therapeutic Communities: Transforming the lives of women and breaking the cycle of frequent offending‘ report documents evidence that suggests women entering the criminal justice system can have complex needs and require specialist support with a range of issues.
The Therapeutic Community model creates a place where social relationships, structures and groups are specifically designed to provide support and bring about lasting positive change.
According to the report, women serving custodial prison sentences do not get the opportunity to address their offending behaviour. This report draws on a range of data to put forward an alternative evidence based approach to supporting women in their recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.