The exercise was designed to show the choices the criminal addicts have: death, back to prison or recovery.
Clients come to the program hoping to turn away from addiction and crime, to rebuild their lives and learn how to integrate into society. Treatment includes family group therapy, meditation and trust-building exercises.
Peer I clients typically stay nine to 12 months in residential treatment, followed by an additional 12 months of outpatient treatment services.
He was accepted.
. Brian P. gets a word of advice from Peer 1 director Ken Gaipa, left, as he arrives from Arrowhead prison to begin his two-year program on March 25, 2015. This is his second attempt at the program.
France removed tattoos from the Peer 1 clients pro bono in support of their efforts to shed their old lifestyle.
. A confession from a client is displayed on the "stash/drop" board on June 16, 2014.
. Clients stand silently facing a wall during a self-discovery meditation session on July 22, 2014.
. A client wears a "therapeutic benefit" paper that that he made to remind himself of his bad attitude and to show his willingness to ask his Peer 1 brothers for support on July 14, 2014.
. Shane P., left, and Dominic G. are publicly shaved during a “mass haircut" as staff and fellow clients watch on Nov. 2, 2015. A “mass haircut” is a discipline applied by the entire Peer 1 family to clients who are having difficulty supporting the program.
. Jonathan C., left, holds his "issue card" with other new clients in the orientation phase on Nov. 2, 2015. The issue cards are constantly carried by the clients as a reminder of their inappropriate behavior and to identify key concepts in the program.
. Shane P., who spent 18 years--half his life-- in prison, weeps while being confronted by his peers on Nov. 3, 2015. The group exercise calls attention to poor attitudes and behavior.
. Client James J. writes an epitaph for himself on a mock tombstone during a blind faith trust exercise on Sept. 15, 2015.
. Robert A. plays hopscotch with his 5-year-old daughter Isabella during Kid's Day on Nov. 7, 2015.
Andres died in a drowning accident. Patrick feels he was not there for his son because of his addiction and was looking forward to raising him after completing the program.
. People gather for the Christmas graduation on Dec. 19, 2014.
. An unidentified client speaks at his graduation from the program on Dec. 19, 2014. This client, who has 43 felony arrests, made parole after graduating but later relapsed and is now back in custody.
. Terry Keahey, a former client now working as a client care aide, shows his graduation medallion at a family group therapy session on Nov. 10, 2015.