MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Hope Wing, a drug and alcohol addiction recovery unit in the Morris County Correctional Facility has opened, stated authorities.

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon along with Morris County Department of Human Services and CARES (Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success) announced that the new wing is designed to help inmates incarcerated within the jail, address their addictions.  Inmates will be able to attend daily programs such as relapse prevention, anger management, education, spirituality, relationship development, and peer to peer counseling, among others.    

“With opioid abuse reaching an alarming level in Morris County, I am proud to announce the opening of the Hope Wing within the Morris County Correctional Facility,’’ said Sheriff Gannon. “The new unit will serve as one of the many components in place designed to reduce the rate of recidivism in Morris County. 

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"The old idiom of  lock them up and throw away the key has not worked in the past and will certainly not work in our future," said Gannon. "If we can get the inmates the help they need to combat their opioid and other drug/alcohol addictions during their incarceration, we will greatly reduce dependency related crimes being committed post incarceration.”  

Inmates must voluntarily enter the Hope Wing unit and must agree to comply with a weekly schedule, said authorities. Those sessions are conducted by certified alcohol and drug counselors on staff at the jail. Emphasis will also be placed on housing, employment, education and aftercare support services, said authorities. 

“The Sheriff is adding another needed tool in our arsenal to fight the addiction epidemic facing our county, state and nation,’’ added  Melody Runyon, Associate Director of Morris County Prevention is Key.