You are released from prison on parole, discharged from a facility, or preparing to go back home with your family, or even foster care placement. And, you are given a list of “dos” and “don’ts” by your PO or case worker. It might seem like it is almost impossible for you not to go back to your “old ways”: trappin, reppin your hood or set, or getting money and all of those things such as drug use, violence, and stealing that come with it. And, you might find yourself feeling stuck between choosing those things which are familiar and destructive versus a path that comes with none of the chaos and streets but is unfamiliar and unknown. So, now what?
You, and no one else, are responsible for your decisions and the outcome of such choices. Of course, there are various situations and circumstances that we sometimes find ourselves confronted with which are not ideal. None of us choose the parents to whom we are born or the neighborhoods and communities within which we are reared as children. However, where we start does not have to dictate or determine how we finish. We cannot go back and change the past. Whatever you have done has happened and now you must find a way to start anew, learn from your decisions, and move forward in your life.
If you want your life to be different, commit yourself to doing whatever is necessary for it to change. Be willing and open to identify and confront those thoughts, behaviors, and relationships that you know are not positive and help to keep you stuck in those same, repetitive, negative and destructive patterns. If you do not know how to change your life and make different decisions, you must be willing to allow yourself to benefit from helpful supports. My staff and I at JARC are committed to helping you learn ways to better help yourself. JARC is a full-service behavioral health care company that is uniquely committed to providing vocational, educational, and/or mental health supports for those with offense histories and are re-integrating back into the community. Call or email the office to set an appointment and make the first step in being a part of a program and service to shift the direction of your life. Don’t cheat yourself out of your potential and possibilities.
Stay focused, remain encouraged, and keep striving…..
“Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.” – Jay Z