Addiction is a chronic disease that requires the addicted offender to alter his or her level of motivation, insight and behavioural skills in order to manage their illness and change their behaviours.
Our program uses the systematic application of behaviour modification principles, specifically rewards and punishments, as a proven and effective approach to assist participants in refraining from using alcohol and drugs and to stop criminal behaviour. At each court appearance the participant receives either positive reinforcement for performing a desirable behaviour (reward or privilege) and/or receives a negative consequence for performing an undesirable behavior (punishment/sanction).
As a participant positively progresses through the program they may request certain privileges. The participant is required to complete and submit the necessary request form through the standard CDTC process. They must provide supporting evidence of his or her positive performance and consistent progress. Forms can be obtained from the participants CDTC Counselor/Case Manager.
A privilege is a reward given to a participant for demonstrating compliance and positive performance and continued progress in the program. It is NOT a right. The privilege can be revoked at any time by the court team if a participant’s behaviour or progress in performance appears to be in jeopardy and/or concerns are identified.