Social supports can either be protective or risk
factors. Social supports increase risk when they make substance use or criminal
behavior “the norm” but are protective when they orient toward more socially
acceptable relationships and behavior. The more protective factors a person
has, the less likely he or she is to have negative outcomes because these
protective factors insulate the person from risk factors. Increasing the number
of socially positive interactions a person has can greatly improve a person’s
ability to resist antisocial thoughts and behaviors.
Interviews of jail inmates completed by staff from The Recovery Center, Fairfield County ADAMH Board. The Center for State Courts provided analysis of the data as part of the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Grant received by the Fairfield County ADAMH Board, 2013-2016.
The jail population consisted of inmates who scored ≥4 on the Simple Screening Instrument, which indicated moderate to high risk for alcohol or drug abuse. The privacy restrictions approved by the National Center for State Court’s Institutional Review Board were followed. Limited demographics were collected to ensure anonymity. The jail sample was primarily male (71%) and the age distribution was 18-24 (22%), 25-34 (40%), 35-44 (24%), 45-54 (10%), and 55 years or older (4%).