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Faith-based treatment helps men returning from prison overcome substance abuse

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013

Faith Based Therapeutic Community Corporation (FBTCC) in Fort Gibson was founded in 2006 as a residential re-entry facility for men.

FBTCC focuses on individuals returning from prison who have substance abuse problems and uses a combination of proven therapies and techniques to help residents change their lives. The program lasts from six to 24 months, depending on the needs of each resident. Before they can graduate, residents must be drug-free at least six months.

The program serves 30 men, but with an upcoming move to a larger facility, capacity will increase to 50. Key goals for residents during the program include getting a GED and driver license and completing DUI school and a victim impact panel. The program includes daily morning and evening classes such as anger management, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups, individual and group counseling, and Bible study. On Monday nights, residents participate in the Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World class presented by the Community Circles program.

Residents are expected to obtain employment to pay for their living expenses and receive help finding jobs. Funds remaining after expenses are saved to help with initial housing costs upon leaving the facility. Residents who do not have jobs do supervised community service projects daily in the Fort Gibson and Muskogee communities, and all residents do community service each Saturday morning.

Community service is a key element of the program as it teaches residents to give back to the community and fosters positive self-esteem. Examples of past projects include cleaning windows at the Muskogee County Courthouse, replacing church roofs, and clearing trails and setting out canoes for the Port to Fort event. Upcoming projects include participating in the Red Cross Dodging for Disasters dodge ball tournament in March, and helping with cleanup for the Muskogee livestock show March 5 to 9. Manure collected at the show will be distributed to local gardeners free of charge. FBTCC can help with all types of projects from yard maintenance and city code cleanup projects to roofing projects and event support, and the quality of work is outstanding. Director Mark Seabolt said “If we put our name on [a job] it is done as good as humanly possible.” No payments are accepted for completed projects, but donations are welcome to help with the cost of project supplies and materials that the organization provides.

FBTCC’s involvement in residents’ lives and success doesn’t end when they graduate the program and move from the facility. Staff continue to follow up monthly with former residents for the first two years after they leave the program to help them with any difficulties they may face during their transition back to the community. Graduates also continue to attend weekly support group meetings to help current residents succeed.

For more information about Faith Based Therapeutic Community Corporation, or to request assistance with a community service project, contact Mark Seabolt at (918) 348-0061.

To recommend a program or organization for an upcoming column, reach Rebecca Walkup at (918) 683-4600 or


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