Jeff Christian Returns to Prison

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Founder and Ex-CEO of Christian & Timbers Implements Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery and Re-entry Programs at Marion Correctional Institution, a state prison facility located in Marion, OH. Implementation of this program in additional prison facilities in the State of Ohio is currently in the planning stages.

Christian states, “Our aim is to teach these men to work strong recovery programs on the inside—while incarcerated—that will greatly increase their chances of staying clean and sober on the outside."

In the Fall of 2006, Jeff Christian, founder and former CEO of Christian & Timbers executive search firm (now CTPartners), was incarcerated at Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, OH, as a direct result of his own battle with alcoholism and addiction to prescription drugs. He was released autumn of 2008, yet, in the spring of 2010 Jeff Christian was returned – but this time as founder of the Number 12 Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that he personally funds with the mission of saving lives and families from the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction by building bridges to lasting recovery.

While incarcerated, Jeff Christian found lasting recovery through a rigorous 12-Step program with his prison sponsor. But his prison recovery experience is an exception rather than the rule. For instance, today, 70 to 90% of the prison population is incarcerated as a result of suffering from the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction. Approximately 75% of those released from prison, return to prison, most from violating their probation by testing positive for drugs or alcohol. With his successful background in building highly effective organizations, he discovered and identified a number of missing components that together, when integrated within existing prison recovery programs, allow for much higher success rate for those staying clean and sober upon their re-entry to society and throughout their lives.

Christian states: “One of our goals with our Prison Program of the Number 12 Foundation is to reduce the 75% recidivism rate of men returning to prison as a result of their disease and reduce the half a trillion dollars per year, in real costs, to the taxpayer, associated with the disease. To this end, we are implementing our first Number 12 House in Kent, OH, in a partnership program with Family & Community Services, Inc. (F&CS) for men leaving jails and prisons who are committed to their recovery from the disease of alcoholism and addiction. This House, as well as two other Houses in the planning stages for Cuyahoga County, is a great example of the way in which the Number 12 Foundation’s partnerships build bridges to lasting recovery—filling the gaps between institutions and connecting the individual within a community of clean and sober support. For instance, F&CS is one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in the State of Ohio building and funding VA and homeless transitional housing, general transitional housing, and re-entry programs for those suffering from the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. They provide housing, jobs, clothes, food, daycare, transportation, and mental health services.”

Christian added, “Our aim is to teach these men to work strong recovery programs on the inside—while incarcerated—that will greatly increase their chances of staying clean and sober on the outside. Our Program delivers long-term recovery solutions, greatly reducing the rate of relapse and the costly recidivism endemic to our correctional systems. We design custom, success-based programs for each institution. Our programs leverage the best of clinical therapy, supervision, and 12-Step recovery.”

The Number 12 Foundation Prison Program is one of the many programs of the Foundation. It was first implemented at the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, OH. The first class of participants from May 2010 of the innovative Program are achieving positive results in their re-entry to society. The second class of 14 men recently graduated, and the third class of 20 men began August 2010. The Program continues to grow with plans of state-wide implementation.

According to Christian, “I thank prison for saving my life. There is a saying that ‘every time a door closes, a new one opens up.’ My prison experience was a door that opened up for me and founding the Number 12 Foundation is my way to pay back society and the people I love.”

About Number 12 Foundation:

Number 12 Foundation provides research and implementation necessary to provide optimal treatment recovery programs for still-suffering alcoholics and addicts. The Foundation works with communities, and institutions such as rehabilitation and treatment centers, detox centers, halfway houses, judicial and correctional systems, and other non-profit organizations to build new, innovative methods combined with historically proven 12-Step methods to deliver long-term recovery solutions. Their partnerships and community outreach has resulted in the establishment of numerous Number 12 Foundation Programs with three halfway Houses in the planning phase for Portage County and Cuyahoga County; a VA Shelter; interventions and free recovery services to all individuals and families in need.

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