Substance abuse program at jail gives support to those who need it

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- At the Lincoln County Jail inmates who suffer from drug abuse have the opportunity to get support. Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment is an 8 week program that focuses on activities to help those suffering from addiction.

The group meets and discusses their goals for improvement and healthy coping skills. (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe KNOP-TV)

Tamey Malcom, who works with Lutheran Family Services Mental Health and is a Counselor at the jail, said she sees a lot of benefits from this.

"I think it's really important because if a lot of criminal behavior, a lot of people that are struggling with criminal behavior, has an underlying substance abuse problem we need to address the underlying problem. And that can help our society as a whole and our community as a whole and help decrease that criminal activity," said Malcom.

They put in ten hours a week. They do activities such as talk about life management skills, stress management, relapse prevention, triggers, and how to manage emotions such as depresssion and anxiety.

"They've mentioned that they feel encouraged and supported, they feel cared about, they feel like they're not abandoned, and they feel like they've gained insight into themselves and into their addiction. And most of them one of their biggest goals is to become productive members of society," said Malcom.

There was a total of 468 hours of classtime in 2019.

"I've also had people ask to come see me after leaving here at the jail, and I'm still seeing some of those people, and they are doing amazing. They are productive, high functioning, members of society now and that has really been cool to watch that," said Malcom.

This year they are looking to increase evaluations and keeping the group full at all times.