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Sheriff’s office exploring local drug treatment programs

July 18, 2018    

New Teen Challenge opens in Jasper County, Indiana

New Teen Challenge opens in Jasper County, Indiana

The Jasper County Indiana Sheriff’s Office has been working on several programs to help local addicts who have recently been arrested receive treatment, so that they don’t become part of a potential “revolving door policy” at the County Recovery Center.

Some particular efforts to this end include the formation of the new County Recovery House, and a new program, still in the early stages, that would allow inmates and recovering addicts to be prescribed the recovery drug Vivitrol.

The recovery house is located near County Road 1080 West (Bunkum Road). It is equipped to serve men over the age of 18. This two-story space serves as a 30-60 day introductory period to the religious Teen Challenge program. The name is something of a misnomer, since the program only accepts men of 18 years of age or older. It is voluntary and it only accepts young men after they have detoxed from drugs or alcohol.

Teen Challenge has operated under the goal of giving people who struggle with addictions a second chance at life for 60 years. The program’s faith-based approach offers spiritual, academic and vocational training in the hope that recovering individuals will return to society as responsible citizens.

Realizing that Jasper County had little to offer those struggling with a drug problem, leaders in the community reached out to Andy Collins, Executive Director of North Central Teen Challenge, and worked for nearly two years to make the recovery house a reality.

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