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Dec 18, 2009

Proud graduates of Ashcroft Rehabilitation program at Kolbe

Story PictureAt the Ashcroft Rehabilitation Centre another set of men were in a celebratory mood as they completed a three month rigorous programme. The programme lasted for thirteen weeks and involved a twelve step approach to rehab. News Five’s Delahnie Bain was on hand for the graduation.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting
Almost one hundred inmates received certificates today for completing the Ashcroft Rehabilitation Program at the Kolbe Foundation. But it was no easy task as Mel Auil, C.E.O. at Kolbe, explained.

Mel Auil, Chief Executive Officer, Kolbe Foundation
“We address the rage within the inmates. We try to introduce them that they are powerless against their addictions and we go through the various steps of cognitive thinking, spirituality. We introduce them to a special diet that helps detox the drugs out of the system and we build them back up through various life skills programs.”

And the inmates were proud that they managed to make it through the nine hundred hours of rehabilitation where they underwent a twelve step program and gained a new outlook on life.

Anthony Bradley, Graduate, Ashcroft Rehabilitation Program
“I never thought that coming to ARC would have been a spiritual awakening for me because I was once living in the world mostly in the flesh, but now I have recognized that coming to ARC has empowered me with treatments that I can use outside to turn my life over to God and to have a productive life in society.”

Leon Cabral, Graduate, Ashcroft Rehabilitation Program
“I am so happy with myself and proud of myself and all of the graduates of the ARC Program that we all made the program. But not in our lives, we are just beginning the process of recovery because we will never forget our past because if we forget our past, it will haunt us and that we don’t want to do.”

Inmate Anthony Bradley was impacted so deeply in rehab that he put his thoughts into a poem called “Change”.

Anthony Bradley
“I never thought my life could change, but God says confess and call his name. Criminal and addictive thinking brought me to shame. Hostility and aggression keep me in pain. Things that didn’t kill me did make me stronger, remembering things that cause pain and anger. Pre-awareness; thinking of solutions, denials that block important decisions. The world didn’t care if I change my character, but the important thing is God is my answer.”

Mel Auil
“You will always have people fall out for one reason or the other because it is a very intense program. It’s twelve, thirteen hours a day; very intense. Some just cannot bear it, some their behavior is not suitable to they will be asked to leave. So they will leave for one reason or the other.”

Ninety-eight of every hundred inmates will eventually return to society and the ARC seeks to equip them to become productive citizens who can advise others not to make the same mistakes. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

Optional programs are also available in education, life skills, counseling agriculture, tailoring as well as in the spiritual field.

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