This hour-long broadcast focuses on the entire treatment process and how halfway houses and treatment centers work with recovering addicts to help them regain and maintain productive lives. We’ll hear from experts who are recovering addicts themselves as they discuss their personal stories and why they now strive to educate and treat addicts. Treatment & Recovery: From Chaos to Control will also discuss the importance of treatment within the prison system to help prepare prisoners for a drug-free life on the outside.

Key Points:

  • Hear compelling stories from recovering addicts to better understand the struggles of addiction
  • Learn from addiction counselors within the prison system about the process of recovery
  • Understand the difference between treatment centers and halfway houses and why the programs they provide are important
  • See how recovering addicts have established treatment centers and halfway houses for inmates released from the criminal justice system
  • Hear how communities have helped establish halfway houses and treatment centers

Originally Aired: August 27, 2009

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Panelists

Jonathan W. Fields

Baltimore County Detention Center; Towson, MD

Jonathan Fields is currently the program director for Gaudenzia’s prison based Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT). Fields has been working in the addiction field for 18 years, and in the corrections field for eight years. He has served in several management positions at various addiction and mental health facilities in the Northeast.

Fields has a master’s degree in criminal justice, specializing in community services and correctional counseling.

Martin L. Chase

New Castle County Detention Center; DE

Martin Chase is an administrator at the New Castle County Detention Center, a state-run juvenile detention center. In addition, Chase is also employed at Meadow Wood Behavioral Hospital as a behavioral specialist and is the CEO/President of the Empowerment Resurrection Center, a faith based recovery center. He is also in recovery.

Chase has worked in the criminal justice field for 12 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Robert Hartmann Jr.

Mainstream House CEO; Long Island, NY

Robert Hartmann is in his eighth year of recovery after he says drug addiction ruled his life for decades. Hartmann now devotes his life to bringing this same life-saving opportunity to others. Today he owns and operates five sober houses where he is actively involved in the recovery of all residents, many of whom have come to look to him for support and guidance and have become life-long friends. Hartmann personally sponsors several men in recovery whom he supports and meets with regularly.

He often takes his message of recovery into local jails, detox, and treatment facilities. Hartmann says he subscribes to the belief that anyone can stay clean and sober as long as they possess the desire and “DO” the work.