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Substance abuse program a life-saver

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010

My name is Scottie Ramsey and I am currently 23 years old. I have until recently chose to live a life of addiction, chaos, and destruction. Because of the choices that I have made, I have been held accountable and am currently incarcerated. Prior to my recent opportunity to enter a program I have been able to justify all the negative behaviors the community has witnessed. Since I have been able to convince myself by these justifications, as delusional as it may sound, I have thus been closed off to really accepting the consequences for my actions. I have been released and reoffended all because I was closed off to change. My loved ones were offering correctives and encouragement but I couldn't hear it. I had many excuses for my actions. I thought that I was a genuine victim. Because I was closed off I couldn't hear the correctives or apply them to myself and make a change. I kept making the same mistakes over and over. I was the definition of insanity.

I stated earlier that I was given an opportunity. I mean that in the most desperate and serious way. I had to change my life, and I didn't know how to do it. Now while incarcerated I was given a true gift. I am currently participating whole heartily in a program so that I can very literally save my own life. This program is the only program like it available to male prisoners in Alaska. The full program title is Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Cognitive Therapeutic Community homed at Wildwood Correctional Center in Kenai. The program is based on changing negative thinking. I don't want to go too far into what we do here; all that really matters, is it works! Part of the title is community and in that the work "family" comes to mind. During the program family and brotherhood is constantly promoted. We all are holding each other accountable with the intention of identifying negative behaviors so that we can implement change. A bond is formed after 6 months of the most intense treatment available spend together with the same men. I have every intention of staying in close contact with most of my brothers that I have gone through this program with so that if I do slip I have someone to call me on my stuff before I do anything else to victimize my family and community. This program is due to close May 30. I have no real reason why this program is closing; again all that really matters is that it is. At 23 I have been given a chance to change my life. I have been given tools to finally accept the consequences for my actions learn from them and make a change. I don't have to continue to live that same devastating lifestyle.

This opportunity is being taken away from every single man that hopes to change his life for the better for his own family and the community. That man has further incarceration and destruction to look forward to. It is insane that whatever powers may be would close this program. This program has, is, and could continue to save lives and stop the cycle of destruction for each family member and the community. It is being closed for no real good reason I am sure. I am writing in hopes that the community would help in keeping this program running so that every other man would be given the same life saving opportunity I have been given. Everyone benefits from this program, why close it down? Please help!

Scottie Ramsey

Wildwood Correctional Center



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