Inmates Offered Addiction Recovery at Sarasota County Jail

Inmates Offered Addiction Recovery at Sarasota County Jail


topping our news tonight several former
inmates of the Sarasota County Jail are looking back as they move forward in
life many thanking the help received in the addiction recovery pods at the jail
for their success in living a clean and sober life ABC sevens Erica Jackson
spoke with a graduate of the program and shows us her transformation dozens of
women at the Sarasota County Jail have one thing in common they’re fighting
addiction and the jails addiction recovery program is teaching these women
to succeed in the real world without depending on drugs or alcohol I needed
help and I didn’t know where to turn Cady Whitman is recovering from a cross
addiction to methamphetamines and opiates after arriving at the Sarasota
County Jail she asked to complete her detox in the addiction recovery pod with
other women battling the same issues we put the work in and it’s tough it’s
tough work but it’s four points four purposes to help us Whitman and others
listen to volunteers with the Salvation Army alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous
and Bayside church on a weekly basis today she’s seven months sober everybody
that comes in to see us and help us truly want us to do well I’ve never had
that who felt that kind of unconditional love from a complete stranger before I
was pregnant I had been on drugs my entire pregnancy the women also hear
from former inmates now living full lives like Melissa singer who gave birth
to her son while addicted to opiates in 2016 the recovery pod here at so stirred
County Jail really helped get that through to me that there was a better
way to live and I wanted it it wasn’t about like punishment for your
crimes we’re gonna treat you badly because you’re incarcerated it was more
or less correcting behaviors the Sheriff’s Office has received half a
dozen letters from former inmates in the last week thanking deputies for their
part in addiction recovery one of them coming from singer who now has full
custody of her son owns a five bedroom home and is engaged to be married on
Monday every day that I wake up I count my listen
than I think everyone all the time and I remember that I need to remain grateful
this program has seen great success in graduates statistics show about half of
the general population inmates here at the jail are really year but only 6% of
the women that have gone through this addiction recovery program re-arrested
within the year reporting from the Sarasota County Jail Erika Jackson ABC 7
year Suncoast news

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