Do you want to know what to expect in RDAP?
The Residential Drug Abuse Program, also known as RDAP, is a rigorous BoP program capable of shaving a year off your prison time. RDAP is the BoP’s most intensive drug treatment program. It’s no joke. RDAP programs differ somewhat from place to place, but the foundation of the program is the same. Expect the following if you claim a spot in RDAP…
Expect to write.
RDAP participants use workbooks to help identify problematic thinking patterns and build skills to avoid repeating criminal behavior. One workbook builds upon another. It’s not enough to just glance over the material; you’re expected to do the work. If you choose not to do the work, plenty of other people want your spot in RDAP. You may also write a lengthy paper about your family, you and how you arrived at this place. You don’t have to be an amazing writer; they want you to put in effort.
Expect to make mistakes.
When you’re new to RDAP, you’re very likely to mess up here and there. Remember, your thinking brought you to federal prison, so your thinking is flawed. The RDAP administrators understand that you will probably fail at times. Not all mis-steps result in being kicked out of RDAP. Serious threats of violence and breaking confidentiality are among offenses that would probably get you kicked out of the program. If you mess up, own responsibility for it, apologize and move forward.
Expect to feel uncomfortable.
In RDAP, you will no longer be able to hide behind talking a good talk. Your old means of manipulation will hold no water in this program. People call you on your garbage and you’re expected to respond by objectively looking at yourself. If you tend to run from the truth or avoid taking responsibility for your actions, RDAP will force you outside your comfort zone. You might not enjoy the discomfort, but it’s part of what to expect in RDAP.
It’s worth doing.
Is RDAP an easy ride? No. Is it worth doing? Absolutely, yes. The things you learn in the program can help you long after you’re back in the free world. People who complete RDAP are less likely to end up back in prison, too. Of course, there’s also the chance for a shorter sentence. If you show up and really do the work, RDAP will change your life for the better. I hope this helps you know what to expect in RDAP. If you have questions, give me a call at 866-208-8997.