Philosophy & Program Structure
Philosophy of Recovery
Self-esteem as the core issue
Inability to cope with life as a mature, responsible adult due to a lack and neglect of training: Physical, social, educational, spiritual and vocational.
Addiction and criminal behavior as symptoms
Use of mood-altering substances to relieve the sense of worthlessness, shame and guilt.
Criminal activities can have the same effect as drugs and alcohol.
The two perpetuate each other, and both further destroy self-esteem.
Raising self-esteem as the solution
Addiction can only be stopped when self-esteem is developed.
Self-esteem is developed through proper physical condition, education , social activities and spiritual practice
Program structure/Training Regimen
Again, upon entry, the literacy and education level of each member is evaluated and a progressive course of training is suggested. Aspects include proper hygiene, nutrition and exercise.
Again, upon entry, the literacy and education level of each member is evaluated and a progressive course of training is required. This includes Jericho’s basic and advanced curriculum and, when necessary, placement in remedial English and Math classes.
Social Activities/Groups and Meetings
Meetings are conducted seven nights a week, consisting of discussions on recovery and presentations by clients that provide a forum for issues involving the community as a whole.
Study groups focusing on 12 step principles, mediation and spiritual concepts. Jericho provides many recreational activities.
Spiritual Development and Practice
Jericho does not promote any specific religion.
Clients study the great philosophic and spiritual leaders.
They are encouraged to apply these spiritual concepts in their daily lives.
The Aftercare/Alumni Program
Jericho designs an aftercare program to meet the needs of the client and the stipulations of the court/probation office.
Alumni facilitates groups, and participate in recreational activities.
Alumni assist in vocational opportunities with newer members.
Interaction with the Criminal Justice System
Jericho Project is not a detoxification facility
All clients must have a minimum of 72 hours clean.
Jericho can refer clients to an appropriate detox center when necessary.
Jericho Project is not a half-way house.
Jericho does not provide a safe harbor for men who want to avoid the consequences of their criminal behavior.
Acceptance into Jericho is reserved for men who want to change their lives through the cultivation of self-esteem, self-discipline and self-control.
Jericho Project is self-sufficient
Jericho does not accept government funding.
We believe true recovery is only possible when a person takes responsibility for himself. Jericho will sponsor, when possible, individuals that we feel are sincere in their desire to develop a productive lifestyle.
Jericho Project and Probation.
Jericho Project encourages participation with the probation department. We believe that to work efficiently with the chemically dependent criminal offender we must have cooperation between the Courts, probation and treatment programs. To facilitate this, Jericho sends monthly progress reports, client summaries and encourages on-site meetings between probation officers and their clients.