Ex-Change Counseling and Education program going well


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



The drug addiction program at the Logan County Detention Center is in its ninth month. A recent report was issued regarding its services from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2015.

The Ex-Change Counseling and Education Center began coming into Logan County’s jail to work with those who have addiction problems at the request of jailer Phil Gregory. Theirs is a 50-session program (with the opportunity for additional support), which offers education about addiction, support and self-examining.

The Ex-Change has been in business specializing in drug/alcohol concerns since 1977. Leon Mueller is the director of the Ex-Change and has worked in the profession since 1972 with families, adults and children. They provide a professional counseling and educational service for the community-at-large to those challenged with chemical addiction and drug abuse/use.

There are currently and average of 40 clients at the jail who are taking part in the program. The 50 sessions are split into goals, which when met, a certificate of accomplishment is awarded to the participant. The program supplies reading material and handouts and addresses addiction, as well as educates those who participate about what addiction is and how it manifests. The program also addressed feelings, family and above all support.

“Our past six months have went well,” said Mueller. “We continue to be very busy at the Logan County Jail. Weekly we are still averaging 40 inmates at both the Warren and Logan County Jails.”

According to Mueller, work in the communities is continuing to develop. As of January, they are able to reach out, providing services in the communities. They are serving more individuals that have military service to the country. They cross paths with individuals from around the country and a few outside the United States.

“We are very pleased to continue to have Rita Oliver serving in her dedicated and helpful way,” said Mueller. “The inmates/clients appreciate Rita’s service and concern. Also, Dr. S. Ellen Godbey, an English professor at Western Kentucky University, has participated in the program.”

Mueller noted a few concerns he had, one of which was upgrading our correctional systems.

“We hear this from many people in the news in leadership positions recently,” Mueller said. “We need quality treatment/education in a more comprehensive way. Research for a long time has reflected that 80 percent of those incarcerated have committed their crimes as a result of abuse/addiction of chemicals.”

Mueller has served clients/inmates in the Logan County Detention Center a total of 179.0 hours over the past six months. He sees the program providing great strides to those addicted to drugs.

On average the age the program serves is around 30’s for men and women. During the program everyone is provided a “Recovery” book, an excellent text by Dr. Al Mooney, an AA or NA book, and other work books or reading materials which are exchanged with a written book report. All clients have writing assignments weekly from day one. They are all allowed to keep them throughout the duration of their participation.

The program is not free and requires funding for supplies. Mueller wished to thank the board of directors and advisors, volunteers, jailers, his professional correctional staff and Mike Humble of Agape and his staff who have provided assistance and donations.

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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