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Frequently Asked Questions About A New Direction
Inmates, not actors, present a series of eight real-life, everyday prison scenarios that could easily escalate into violent incidents. After each scenario, viewers are asked to analyze the event, identify the feelings and distorted thinking involved, and determine possible replacement thoughts and behaviors. Using their own words and drawing from their own experiences, the inmates role-play situations that realistically portray how criminal and addictive thought patterns lead to destructive behaviors. The situations include:
- an inmate's overreaction to a routine shakedown
- a discussion among three inmates about whether to retaliate for a fight
- a scuffle after an egregious foul on the basketball court
- an inmate's angry phone call to his spouse who refuses to send money
- a quarrel between roommates about how to resolve a conflict
Taped in Minnesota correctional facilities, A New Direction video series allows real inmates to tell the real story about recovering from a life of addiction and crime. The result is a powerful, direct, and liberating message about finding a life of recovery and freedom. A New Direction is Hazelden's comprehensive cognitive-behavioral therapy curriculum for addicted offenders.
To learn more about the research, history, and benefits of A New Direction visit A New Direction information site.
If you would like more information, have questions, or would like to schedule training please contact your Hazelden Account Representative at 1-800-328-9000.