Offense: Alcohol

Community Service makes a difference for troubled teen

A 17-year-old male entered the program on a disorderly conduct charge for being drunk on Main Street in a local community. He had slammed a barbecue grill and when taken home by the local police department he punched a hole in the wall of his home. His parents wanted him arrested and jailed. He was being home schooled unsuccessfully. One of the goals in this youth’s Reparative Agreement was to improve his reputation in his community.  He completed 20 hours of community service at three different locations in that community. He successfully passed all of his pre-tests for a GED, something he had not previously attempted before entry in the Restorative Justice Program. He passed his GED exam this past spring. Through a Restorative Justice panel member he also secured full-time employment by a local businessman.

Can addiction be a learned behavior?

Police arrested a 14-year-old girl for bringing a vodka-filled water bottle to a Nashua sporting event. During intake, the Dad acknowledged his wife has an alcohol problem. He feared his daughter was following the same path. Her contract included a substance abuse assessment, which revealed that an education group would be helpful, as she was not yet addicted. We linked them with AA and Alanon for support and enrolled the daughter in our Counseling Program to address her high-risk behavior.