The Chemical Dependency and Addictions Program provides counseling services and substance abuse education to incarcerated male and female inmates. In 2002, Porter-Starke Services and the Porter County Sheriff’s Department collaborated in the development of a Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program focusing on the addiction thought process and criminal behavior. The 10-week, 45-hour treatment program is facilitated by three Porter-Starke chemical dependency and addictions therapists dedicated to assisting incarcerated individuals overcome their addiction while restructuring the thought and behavioral process. The Porter County Jail CD&A program focuses on self-awareness and self-improvement through individual commitment to change criminal thinking and addictive behavior. The individual develops skills to manage stress, anger, and cravings, appropriate ways to deal with triggers, as well as critical reasoning and decision-making skills. Upon successful completion of the program, offenders attend and participate in a graduation ceremony in which they are encouraged to share an individual “Goodbye Letter” to his or her drug of choice. This letter reflects the negative impact drugs have had on their lives and their motivation for change. Graduation ceremony guests are encouraged to share a few words supporting the offender’s recovery and their successful transition into society.
MHS, LCAC, CCJP
Chemical Dependency & Addictions Therapist
Graduated with a B.S. from Calumet College of St. Joseph and a Master’s in Health Science from Governor’s State University in Illinois in 2002. Dennis is a NAADAC certified addiction counselor NCAC II, Indiana certified addiction counselor in 1996 and licensed counselor as LCAC. Dennis also holds a certification as a Certified Criminal Justice Professional. Dennis has worked as an addiction counselor in the Porter County Jail since 2002.
Ruth B. Wilson
Graduated with an A.A. in Business Administration from Ivy Tech and a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Purdue Calumet University. Ruth has worked in the Substance Abuse field since 2010.