Albany Addiction Recovery Program Celebrates Three Years
- Oct. 29, 2018
-- A program, called the Sheriff's Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (SHARP), celebrated an anniversary earlier this month. SHARP assists jail inmates at the Albany County Correctional Facility who wish to enter addiction recovery.
To cut down the rate of recidivism in the county, Sheriff Craig Apple began the program three years ago.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 22 percent of jail inmates across the country underwent a drug treatment program in 2017.
George Mason University researchers found in 2016 that the frequency rate of substance use of 305 inmate participants decreased within a year of being released from prison.
While similar to a drug court program, inmates who complete SHARP do not receive a reduction of their sentences or criminal charges. However, those who volunteer for the program attend individual and group therapy and are surrounded by a peer support environment. Those who graduate from the program are given naltrexone and referred to a local partner addiction treatment program.
According to the New York Department of Health, approximately 40 opioid overdose deaths occurred in Albany County in 2017.https://www.drugaddictionnow.com/2018/10/26/albany-addiction-recovery-program-celebrates-three-years/