ARM handles a multitude of clients a year who are on probation or parole. So far, ARM has enjoyed a continued 75 percent success rate within this group and other clients combined.
“It's pretty easy – believe it or not – to get people off of their addictions,” Oliver said. “But the really hard part is getting them back into being productive.
"Here's the difference between other programs and ours: the difference is 'Life Recovery,'" Oliver said. "Others just do addiction recovery. Also, people come to us as part of a court-ordered mandate. So, if they don't come, they're in violation of probation. There's a legal involvement that we have that other programs do not."
Life Recovery is a program that incorporates a “life-skills” curriculum, which includes:
• Positive family relationships.
• Anger management.
• Money management.
Oliver went on to say that first-time offenders are hard to stop, but that is not why ARM exists. ARM exists to prevent repeat offenders. According to Oliver, it costs more than $25,000 for Palo Pinto County per person, per repeat offense, which turns into millions a year.
“Over the years we have been doing this, we have saved a tremendous amount of money for the county,” Oliver said.
Beyond monetary costs, Oliver went on to say that they are also helping families by preventing more emotional trauma.
For more information on ARM, contact ARM at 940-325-7499.