“The most important thing to help people in the system is to address their thinking errors, and this all starts with their limiting, permission-granting beliefs and values about drug use or criminal thinking and conduct. There will be no long-term behavior changes without this work being done.”

In this week’s podcast, host Rafe Foreman sits down with Hawaii’s Stan Dokmanus, a Certified Criminal Justice and Addictions Professional and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, to discuss the overlap between criminal behavior and addiction. Throughout the episode, Stan draws from his extensive experience treating individuals with substance abuse disorders to give his insight into drug crime, the criminalization of addiction, and potential solutions.

Stan’s deep dive into this topic is centered on discovering the reasons behind an individual’s addiction and criminality, including how biopsychosocial factors can form the belief systems that fuel their behavior. In doing so, Stan asserts that professionals can directly address and change their client’s criminal behavior by touching their belief system, with the ultimate goal of offering alternative solutions to incarceration.

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Episode Guest, Stan Dokmanus

Stan Dokmanus is an Internationally Certified Criminal Justice and Addictions Professional (ICCJP) and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with an extensive background in the substance abuse field. Currently, Stan offers individual and family counseling for substance use disorders to individuals, professionals, and business owners using CBT and other evidence-based methods.

Stan began this work in the Navy Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (NADSAP) at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. In Hawaii, he continued helping people working for Aloha House as an intensive outpatient services counselor working with Maui Drug Court clients. It was here that Stan was given the suggestion to write his book: “Drug Court Treatment: The Verdict”.

Stan’s mission is to provide client-centered, solution-focused ways to help people who want to change an unwanted behavior that keeps them in their “stuckness”. He believes that pristine justice strategies expose omissions that hinder successful drug court treatment for participants and that termination for cause can and should be avoided.