Recovery from substance use and mental health conditions is an ongoing process. We promote ongoing support for individuals facing the dual challenges of recovery and past justice system involvement.
Recovery from substance use and mental health conditions involves more than
just going to treatment. It’s an ongoing process
of change and growth through which individuals improve their health and
wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
For people who’ve been involved in the justice system, there are unique
challenges in the recovery process. Stigma, employment barriers, uncertain
housing, and damaged relationships can be stressful and discouraging. Even the
best intentions can be derailed without strong supports.
TASC understands these challenges, and we help make connections to
positive recovery support resources in the community.
In locations across Illinois, we help create peer-led support groups for people striving to remain free from past drug use and criminal justice involvement.
Winners’ Circles, which meet in community locations, and Inner Circles, which meet in correctional institutions, offer safe, positive, non-judgmental places for participants to develop healthy lifestyles, learn and practice life and community skills, and share support, encouragement, and success with others at similar places in their lives.
Through these Circles,
participants gain the rewards of genuine self-care and mutual respect, while
also learning skills and behaviors that help them assume responsibility for
self-direction and have positive interactions in their families, at work, and
in their communities.
Making a Difference
supports and mutual self-help groups are an
essential component of recovery-oriented systems of care. They not only help support recovery, but also are
considered essential components in
effective trauma-informed care.
TASC provides training for
Circle leaders and works with community partners to establish locations for
Winners’ Circle meetings. Through our Center for Health and Justice, we offer a 2-day Winners’ Circle Facilitators Training on how to conceptualize, launch, and sustain Winners’
TASC is a national planning partner for National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.