We work with Pike County residents
in custody and after release to
achieve successful reintegration
Choosing Integrity is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation registered in Pennsylvania since 2014. Our staff, volunteers and the seven members of our board of directors are deeply committed to supporting men and women who are in custody and/or recently released.
Many young adults struggling to address the effects of adverse or traumatic life experiences make unwise choices that lead to personal disintegration and encounters with the justice system. We see hopeful possibilities of healing, recovery and a new chance to make life meaningful and whole. Continue reading “What We See”
Choosing Integrity staff and volunteers are at Pike County Correctional Facility several times weekly to befriend, teach and challenge participants in the ARROW and HOPE programs in character development, integrity, resilience, recovery and employment.
Continue reading “What We Do”
Gean Bechthold and Martha Dubensky are certified life coaches. Gean provides informal coaching within the PCCF population. The intent is to create an atmosphere of opportunity by exploring a participant’s current situation, to discuss how that situation is serving them and what they may want to do differently. The participant can then work on applying a plan of action to change their outcome.
If you are a typical American, what you do when you are in pain is look for a pain reliever. And then, when the pain returns, you take another dose. If your pain reliever is alcohol or drugs–and you return to either one often enough–you may find yourself struggling with addiction.
Wouldn’t it be better to find healing for the pain instead of just another dose of a pain reliever?
Smart Recovery stands for “Self-Management and Recovery Training.” It incorporates evidence-based principles of Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Smart Recovery includes four areas of focus – (1) Enhancing and maintaining motivation (2) Coping with urges (3) Problem solving and (4) Lifestyle balance.
An astonishing number — at least to me — of men and women we encounter in our work are long time, heavy users of marijuana. Some are in jail because of it, which prompts bitter complaints about Pennsylvania’s drug laws. I have heard more than one person say that, upon release, they intend to move…Continue reading The Marijuana Debate
In an earlier post, I mentioned a new book I had just become aware of — “Dopesick.” Embedded in that blog post is a video in which PBS NewsHour host, Judy Woodruff, interviewed the author, Beth Macy, a reporter for the Roanoke Times. I have only recently found time to begin reading the book. “Dopesick”…Continue reading A Terrifying Enemy