Support A Counselor Program
In 2005, inmates at San Quentin recognized the need for treatment and recovery as an instrumental part of their own rehabilitation. With the help of volunteers on the outside, they developed and launched a first-of-its-kind program to train inmates to become professional alcohol and other drug counselors certified by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE). Once they complete the rigorous training, the inmates work under the clinical supervision of experienced addiction treatment specialists to give back to their peers by providing services to other inmates. Support4Recovery helps to fund and support this innovative program. Additionally, Support4Recovery continues to expand its scope of services and support to re-entry inmates throughout Contra Costa County.