This book specifies the necessary elements of a truly therapeutic community. It describes the dynamics of an attempt at rehabilitation
by correctional agents of narcotics addicts. It also presents an approach to deviance not previously found in the literature.
The book makes use of both hard and soft data as complementary elements of the same empirical reality. Most other books on
the subject do not. The book provides a close-up look at the day-to-day activities of former addicts attempt to recover with
the help of parole officers.